Mangano Teams Up With Plainedge Schools to Provide Lifesaving Overdose Prevention Seminar

By Eden Laikin
In a joint effort that can potentially save a life, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Plainedge School Superintendent Edward Salina Jr. teamed up to combat the Opiate epidemic this week by training nearly 400 people how to prevent a fatal drug overdose. For Nassau County, it was the largest single training since officials there started the free civilian training program in October 2012. For Plainedge, it was the first time a school district had its entire staff trained on the administration of the life-saving, opiate-overdose reversal agent known as Narcan; and the first to keep “shared” Narcan kits in each school building.
The Staff was also taught about the warning signs of drug addiction, how to recognize and reverse an overdose and how to access available treatment.
More than 315 of the trainees left not only with the lifesaving knowledge, but with a personal Narcan kit to take home. There will be 25 shared kits between the district’s 5 school buildings as well – and hundreds of people trained to use it if necessary.
The training, held on September 1, 2015, was part of Plainedge’s Superintendent’s Conference Day – where the staff returned for the 2015-16 School Year and it was conducted by officials from the Nassau County Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health & Chemical Dependency. In about 2 ½ years, county officials have trained more than 5,000 “civilians” throughout the County to save the life of someone overdosing,
“Everyone in the audience this morning, impacts the lives of their students each and every day,” County Executive Mangano said. “Now, each of them will have the ability to save one of those lives should they ever have to. I applaud Superintendent Ed Salina and the entire Plainedge School District, as they have made a powerful statement as to their commitment and dedication in helping to save lives.”
Heroin and prescription painkillers accounted for 190 deaths last year in Nassau and more than 200 in Suffolk. That means that, on average, one Long Islander every day, dies from a drug overdose. Narcan has been used by paramedics and emergency room doctors for decades, to save lives. Yet, a little known, 2006 State law allows ordinary citizens to administer Narcan in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability. Dozens of trainees in Nassau 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.
The number of “overdose reversals” or Narcan saves, in Nassau increased from 121 for the first 7 months of 2014 to 150 saves in the first 7 months of 2015, according to the PD’s medical control unit.
“Through education, awareness and enforcement, my administration and the Heroin Prevention Task Force are diligently combatting heroin and opioid abuse throughout Nassau,” County Executive Mangano said, in kicking off Tuesday’s event. “These free Narcan training programs continue to save lives and keep families whole. I would like to thank Superintendent Salina for joining in this lifesaving initiative.”
“I believe we can all possibly benefit, and save a life, by being trained in Narcan,” said Plainedge Superintendent, Ed Salina, who himself was trained earlier this summer.
“While our drug abuse prevention efforts focus on prevention, education, awareness and enforcement, there are those who are already hooked on drugs and may need another chance at recovery, and life,” Mangano added.

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