By Eden Laikin
Mineola, NY – Building on prior initiatives to train school nurses to administer the lifesaving overdose reversal antidote Naloxone, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano invites school nurses and residents to attend a free Overdose Prevention Workshop on Thursday, July 13th at 7pm at the East Meadow Firehouse, located at 197 East Meadow Avenue. Free Naloxone kits are provided to each trainee. During the workshop, attendees will be trained to administer Naloxone and learn the warning signs of drug addiction, new and effective treatment options, personal stories of recovery, and more.
County Executive Mangano stated, “I encourage school personnel to take advantage of this free opportunity that could save a student’s life.”
In partnership with the Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force, the Mangano administration hosted the first workshop and training – specifically for school nurses – in March, 2016. In attendance were nurses from 22 of Nassau County’s 56 school districts, as well as three universities. In addition to training school nurses, the County has trained social workers, health teachers, principals, deans, athletic directors and guidance counselors.
From 2013 to 2016, the Mangano administration trained more than 3,000 school staff members, students and community members – out of nearly 8,600 people trained in total since Nassau became the first county in the state to be state-certified as an overdose prevention responder program in September 2012 – to administer Naloxone. Additionally, the County has trained police, probation and auxiliary officers, as well as 911 dispatch operators and many volunteer firefighters to administer Naloxone. At least 60 trainees have reported using their knowledge – and the Naloxone kit they were provided – to revive someone overdosing on heroin or painkillers, and save their lives. Naloxone is administered through a nasal spray, and is provided at no charge to trainees over the age of 18.
Opioid abuse resulted in the deaths of at least 190 residents in 2016. Hundreds of residents have been saved from overdoses by those trained to administer Naloxone, which has been used by paramedics and emergency room doctors for decades to save lives. Statistics indicate that the lives of at least 13 individuals in Nassau County have been saved so far in 2017 by a civilian friend and/or family member trained to administer Naloxone to reverse the overdose. A 2006 State law allows citizens to administer Naloxone in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability.
Social Work and OASAS Continuing Education Credits are available for the training offered in East Meadow on July 13th, as the Nassau County Office of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency – and the Mental Health Association of Nassau County – is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.
All residents are welcome to attend, but seating is limited. To attend the two-hour seminar provided by the Nassau County Department of Human Services, please RSVP at www.nassaucountyny.gov/overdosetraining For dates and locations of additional Overdose Prevention Seminars, visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/overdose.