As many are aware, heroin and fentanyl-related deaths are growing at a very alarming rate and primarily among those under age 21.
These drugs know no social, economic or other barriers. Honors students, athletes and even children as young as 12 are experimenting with these highly addictive drugs that cost less than a pack of cigarettes to purchase.
To help save the lives of people who are overdosing from these and other opiates, Project HELP Long Island is sponsoring a Narcan training session with the Veterans of Foreign War Post 1819, Port Washington.
The session is scheduled for June 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 29 Mohegan Ave.
Narcan, or naloxone hydrochloride, is an opiate antidote that reverses an opioid overdose.
“Project HELP Long Island is honored to sponsor this potentially life-saving Narcan training,” Project Help Long Island Board Member Jeff Stone said. “People don’t realize how many have access to opiates and how addicting and dangerous they are. Narcan is something every household should have on hand in case of an emergency.”
Anyone age 18 or older can register for the training, which also covers warning signs of drug addiction, treatment options, personal stories of recovery and administering life-saving Narcan injections.
There is no fee and each trainee will receive a free Narcan kit, which contains two prefilled syringes of naloxone (Narcan), two atomizers for nasal administration, sterile gloves and a booklet on the use of the drug.
A 2006 New York State law allows citizens to administer Narcan without fear of liability.
Please note that the VFW Hall seats 50 people so please reserve a space by emailing [email protected].
Project HELP Long Island consists of a group of professionals and clinicians providing resources on mental health and substance abuse awareness. Visit projecthelplongisland.org to learn more about this important organization.