OSSINING, N.Y. -- State Sens. David Carlucci and Terrence Murphy, in partnership with the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and Communities that Care, are hosting a Naloxone training, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 6-8 p.m. at the Ossining Public Library.
The training is free and open to the public. Participants will learn to use Naloxone. Free Naloxone kits and prescriptions will be handed out to those who complete the training.
Naloxone is a lifesaving antidote that can be used on a person who is experiencing an opioid overdose. Through the efforts of OASAS and other agencies, over 55,000 people have been trained statewide, and more than 1,500 lives have been saved.
“Through these trainings, we have come together as a community to address an epidemic that has affected our friends, neighbors and families,” said Carlucci, D-Westchester/Rockland. “It is my hope that through our efforts to make Naloxone more affordable and accessible, we can save as many lives as possible.”
“As we are all painfully aware, the Hudson Valley is in the midst of a genuine epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse, and as a result, death tolls continue to rise,” said Murphy, R/I/C-Yorktown. “While Narcan is not an antidote to addiction, it is a lifesaver. Because this scourge knows no social or demographic boundaries overdoses can happen anywhere at any time.”
"The rise in prescription drug abuse has created the heroin epidemic that we are seeing today,” said Alice Joselow, coordinator for Ossining Communities that Care. “Communities need to respond with a three pronged approach of prevention, treatment and expanding the use of Naloxone as an antidote to overdoses.”
For more information, contact Krista Gobins at 845-242-6797.
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