In the Bryan/College Station area we have three Rotary Clubs;
The Rotary Club of Aggieland, The Rotary Club of College Station and Bryan Rotary Club. 
 
This project is brought to you by all three clubs, together we are The Rotary Clubs of BCS.
The Rotary Clubs of BCS has partnered with Texas A&M University Health to educate and train our community on the Texas youth Fentanyl crisis, and how to save a life from an opioid overdose. 
 
Join us on Saturday, June 22nd at LifeChurch in the Tejas Center behind the HEB in Villa Maria, Bryan.  The presentation and training will begin at 10am, followed by the kits distributions which will end at 12pm. 
 
Speaker Ninfa Peña-Purcell, PhD will be educating and training us on the topic, and on how to administer Naloxone (Narcan).  - see bio below
 
Dr. Joy P. Alonzo will be speaking at our club on June 13th - all Rotary members are welcome.
 
Narcan is a brand name of Naloxone. Naloxone is a medication that reverses the effects of opioids. It can quickly save the life of someone suffering from an overdose.
 
 Spanish translators will be available -  You do not have to go through the training to get a kit - One kit per household.
 Ninfa Peña-Purcell, PhD
 
Dr. Ninfa Peña-Purcell expertise is in developing, implementing, and evaluating community-based interventions. As a bi-cultural/bilingual health educator, her emphasis is reaching underserved populations with chronic or acute conditions and improving their health and well-being. In 2019, Peña-Purcell received funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to pilot Texas Think SMART in six rural Texas counties. The project included assessing community readiness to deliver the program. Given this experience, she has become an active member of the Texas A&M Opioid Task Force and has been collaborating with staff at the Houston High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area on their youth outreach. Peña-Purcell has been successful in engaging community partners to promote healthier living and improve the quality of life among marginalized populations. Most recently, she has adapted Think SMART to respond to the adolescent fentanyl crisis by partnering with Texas schools to provide substance use prevention education.
Dr.  Joy P Alonzo, M. Engineering, PharmD
 
Dr. Joy P. Alonzo received her BS degree in Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh, her Masters of Engineering in Engineering Science from the Pennsylvania State University, and her doctoral degree in Pharmacy from Howard University College of Pharmacy in Washington, D.C. Dr. Alonzo has extensive clinical experience to include pharmacotherapeutic driven patient care, healthcare disparities evaluation and innovation with a special emphasis on rural health and access to care, health system evaluation and development. Her research interests improving access to primary and specialty care, especially mental and behavior healthcare via the innovative use of technology.  Dr. Alonzo has a special focus on substance use disorder prevention, education and treatment and provides support to Mental and Behavioral health focused facilities, organizations, and initiatives across the state of Texas and the U.S. She is partnered in research projects with the Schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health, as well as Rural Community Health Institute. Dr. Alonzo currently serves as a Clinical Associate Professor at the Rangel School of Pharmacy, and is the Co-Chair of the Texas A&M Opioid Task Force.

What is Opioid?

Opioids are a type of medication used to reduce pain. Prescription opioids, such as Vicodin®, Ultram®, Oxycontin® or Percocet®, are one way to safely manage severe pain when taken as directed by a doctor.

However, misusing prescription opioids can put you at risk of physical dependence, addiction, overdose and death. Misusing your medications means taking more than you were prescribed, taking someone else's medication or any non-medical use.

How To Stay Safe

Only take prescription medication that is prescribed to you.
Don't share with others.
 
Take your medication exactly as your doctor prescribes.
Don’t use in greater amounts, more often or longer than directed. 
 
Keep medications in a safe place.
Store prescription opioids out of reach of children and in a safe place, preferably locked, to reduce the chance that others will misuse them. 
 
Only take prescription medication obtained directly from a pharmacy.
Counterfeit pills are increasingly common and often look just like the real thing. Fentanyl, an opioid 50 times stronger than heroin, may be mixed into counterfeit pills. Even in small doses, fentanyl can cause a life-threatening overdose. 
 
Avoid taking prescription opioids with alcohol or other drugs.
This increases your risk of overdose. 
 
Safely dispose of expired or unused pills.
Check with your pharmacist to see if you can return them to the pharmacy or find a take-back option near you at dea.gov/takebackday.
 
Keep naloxone on-hand and learn how to use it.
Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. Naloxone will not harm someone who is not overdosing on an opioid.