North Hempstead Council Member Peter Zuckerman and New York State Assemblywoman Gina Sillitti are co-sponsoring a Narcan training program at the Shelter Rock Public Library on May 11 from 7-8 p.m.
The program is designed to educate the public on how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and how to respond with the administration of Narcan, a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
The training will be conducted by Dr. Edward Rubin and Alex Rubin, who will provide attendees with the knowledge and skills needed to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose.
Attendees will be provided free Narcan kits by Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services, Inc. following the event.
Opioid overdoses continue to be a major public health concern across the country and the number of overdose deaths has increased dramatically in recent years. According to Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services, Inc., drug overdoses are now the top cause of death for individuals under the age of 50. Narcan has proven to be an effective tool in reversing the effects of an overdose and saving lives, but it is only effective if administered properly and in a timely manner.
“The opioid epidemic has had a devastating impact on communities across Long Island and throughout our country, and we want to do whatever we can to help address it. I am proud to offer this training to our residents,” Zuckerman said. “It is our hope that by educating our community about opioid overdoses and Narcan, we can help save lives.”
“Community Narcan training events are an essential tool in the fight against the opioid epidemic. By providing our community with the knowledge and skills to recognize and respond to an overdose, these events have the potential to save lives and prevent needless tragedy,” Sillitti said. “But more than that, Narcan training is about empowering individuals to take action and make a difference in our communities. By coming together to learn and practice this life-saving skill, we can create a culture of awareness, support and hope for those struggling with addiction.”
Registration for the Narcan training is open to the first 100 participants. Residents can register online for the free training at bit.ly/Narcan-Training-5-11 or by calling the Shelter Rock Public Library at 516-248-7363.