Public training scheduled for this week to teach people how to recognize and respond to an overdose could not have come at a better. Earlier this month, drug overdoses lead to four deaths in as many days in Lyon County, something unprecedented in the community according to Sheriff Brent White.

A Narcan class will be offered free from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lyon County Convention Center in Eddyville. A nasal spray, Narcan when administered properly and in time, is a life-saving drug designed to help reverse an overdose due to opioids. Training for each individual should last 10-15 minutes. A free Narcan kit will be provided to anyone who completes the session.

As the death toll rises across Kentucky and the nation from unintentional drug overdose, it is critical that community members are able to rapidly respond to suspected overdoses, say organizers of Thursday's training. In 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Use, there were 1,160 reported opioid-involved deaths in Kentucky -- a rate of 27.9 deaths per 100,000 persons, nearly twice the national rate of 14.6 deaths per 100,000 persons.

"Thanks to Sheriff Brent White and Elisha Kite at our health department for working together to make this happen quickly," Judge-Executive Wade White said in a Facebook post announcing the training.

For more information on the training, contact Lyon County Health Department at 270-388-9763.