Bethel State Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan is partnering with Apex Community Care to co-host an event to distribute free naloxone in an effort to help community members prevent fatal opioid overdoses. The free community Narcan training will be held Tuesday, Sept. 21, outside Molten Java on Greenwood Avenue from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a fast-acting and easy-to-administer nasal spray that can restore breathing and reduce potentially fatal effects of opioid overdoses. A family member, bystander, first responder or medical provider can administer naloxone. According to the state Department of Public Health, there were 1,372 confirmed drug overdose deaths for 2020, with an increase of 14.3% compared to 2019. As of the middle of March 2021, there were 250 confirmed drug overdose deaths for 2021.