ROCHESTER, Minn. - People usually enter a coffee shop for a cup of joe, but on Saturday, people in Rochester can go to help fight the nation's opioid epidemic.
On Saturday July 7, community members will be able to learn how to administer naloxone, an overdose-reversing drug.
Christian Clements lives in Rochester and works with Positive Tuesday, an arts organization helping put on the event. He doesn't think Rochester is having enough of a conversation about opioids.
"It's not just a big city problem," he said. "It's also happening in rural America as well."
And he's not wrong. The latest data shows 395 people died in Minnesota from opioids in 2016. That is an over 9% increase from 2015.
Clements hopes educating the community can keep the numbers from climbing.
"Between losing friends and just knowing it's going on, for me, it's take care of everybody and everbody will be doing a little bit better," he said.
It's a weekend activity with a life-changing lesson.
"You'll walk out of there being able to save someone's life and being much more informed than when you came in," Clements said.
The community naloxone training will be on July 7 at Cafe Steam. It is free of cost and starts at 6pm.