To help save lives and combat the Heroin epidemic, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced a free Overdose Prevention Seminar will take place on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church (located at 855 Carman’s Road, Massapequa in the school auditorium). Residents will be taught how to administer the lifesaving antidote Narcan which can reverse the fatal effects of an Opiate overdose. Attendees will also learn the warning signs of drug addiction, available treatment options, personal stories of recovery, and more.
“Through education, awareness and enforcement, my administration and the Heroin Prevention Task Force are diligently combatting heroin and opioid abuse throughout Nassau,” said County Executive Mangano. “These free Narcan training programs continue to save lives and keep families whole.”
A 2006 State law allows ordinary citizens to administer Narcan in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability. Nassau County has already provided Narcan training for more than 4,000 people since 2012. Dozens of trainees have used that knowledge – and their free Narcan kit – to revive someone overdosing on Heroin or painkillers, and save their lives. Narcan is administered through a nasal spray, and is provided at no charge to trainees over the age of 18.
This training is provided by the Nassau County Department of Human Services, through the Behavioral Health Awareness Campaign. Trainees are eligible for 2 CASAC credit hours, upon request. No prior medical experience is necessary to participate in the training. All trainees will receive a certificate of completion. Anyone can attend, but seating is limited. Residents MUST pre-register either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (516) 571-6105.