Williamson County Emergency Medical Services will hold a free class to educate the community about the dangers of opioids Dec. 6, which will include demonstrations for administering the lifesaving antidote naloxone.

What residents need to know

The education session will be held at the Williamson County EMS headquarters, 3189 S.E. Inner Loop in Georgetown, at 6:30 p.m.

The class will teach attendees how to recognize overdose warning signs as well as how to administer naloxone, also known as Narcan.

The backstory

There have been 105 presumed opioid overdoses in Williamson County in 2023.

As the fentanyl epidemic left a heavy footprint throughout Central Texas in recent years, Williamson County officials continue their efforts to increase awareness.

According to data obtained from the county and the Texas Targeted Opioid Response program, the county received 912 doses of Narcan in 2022 and 1,168 doses in 2023, which were distributed throughout the community.

WilCo receives Narcan from various sources, including MoreNarcanPlease, Bluebonnet Trails Community Services and the governor's statewide allocation of naloxone.

Looking ahead

Williamson County EMS will continue to distribute Narcan throughout county and city buildings, schools, churches and other public buildings.

The first responders will begin their next phase of awareness in the coming months with the Leave Behind Naloxone Program, which will provide Narcan for households and educational materials provided to individuals by EMS.