Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, and County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum will join with COPAY Inc. treatment center and Great Neck Public Schools to invite residents to attend a free Overdose Prevention Workshop with Naloxone (Narcan) training – on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 from 4:30pm-6:30pm at Great Neck South High School, located at 341 Lakeville Road.
Attendees will be trained to administer Narcan, which can reverse the fatal effects of an overdose on heroin, or prescription meds such as oxycontin and vicodin. They’ll learn the warning signs of drug addiction, hear about new and effective treatment options, personal stories of recovery, and more. A free nasal Narcan kit is provided to each trainee.
“It’s not just heroin that’s causing the overdose deaths on Long Island each day—it’s also misuse and abuse of prescription pain pills – and people of all ages, ethnicities and social status are affected,” said County Executive Mangano. “Residents need to become educated about the disease of addiction, and can do so by attending our free workshop. I encourage everyone, 18 years of age and older, to take advantage of this opportunity that could save a loved one’s life and give them a chance at recovery.”
So far this year, at least 26 trainees used the Narcan they were given to save the life of someone overdosing on Heroin or prescription pain pills. In all, Nassau has trained more than 9,300 civilians to administer the overdose antidote, since becoming state certified in Sept 2012. In addition to thousands of non-medically trained civilians, the County’s trainees include school nurses, athletic directors, pharmacists, auxiliary and probation officers, firefighters and 911 dispatch operators.
At least 195 Nassau residents died from opioid overdoses in 2016. Naloxone—the main ingredient in Narcan—has been used by paramedics and emergency room doctors for decades to save lives, but a 2006 State law allows citizens to administer Narcan in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability.
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