Naloxone is a medicine made to reverse the effects of opiates, and can save the life of someone who has overdosed on opiates such as heroin, oxycodone, or fentanyl. Needham Public Health offers a brief (30 minutes) class that teaches how and when to use Narcan (a specific single-use applicator for naloxone), as well as the current laws and regulations surrounding its acquisition and use. Attendees are sent home with a carton (two doses) of Narcan to take home with them following the class. For more information, please email


Needham Public Health nurses are certified instructors in Basic Life Support [BLS] via the American Heart Association. BLS certification is required for many professionals, including nurses and lifeguards. Needham Public Health also offers Heartsaver CPR from the American Heart Association, which covers CPR, AED usage, and first aid for adults, children and infants. Heartsaver classes are meant for non-medical professionals and can fulfill OSHA CPR standards. For more information, please email  

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