Williamson County EMS (WCEMS) is offering its first free class to the public to raise awareness about the dangers of opioids. The class will teach residents how to recognize the symptoms of an overdose and how to use the life-saving drug naloxone. The class will be taught on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. at EMS Headquarters, 3189 S.E. Inner Loop in Georgetown.
So far this year, Williamson County EMS has submitted 105 presumed opioid overdose cases to Bluebonnet Trails Community Services for outreach. In comparison, from July 2022 to Dec. 2022, WCEMS submitted a total of 55 presumed overdoses to Bluebonnet Trails for outreach.
Williamson County EMS has been working to place Naloxone in county and city buildings, local schools, churches and other public buildings. So far this year, the team has distributed 1168 boxes of Naloxone. Williamson County EMS will begin its next phase of deployment in the coming months. The next phase includes a Leave Behind Naloxone Program. This includes at-home naloxone and educational materials which can be provided to individuals by EMS responders.
Residents wanting to learn how to use naloxone can register for the upcoming class on Dec. 6, by visiting the Williamson County EMS website.