Plainview, NY - September 14, 2015 - To help save lives and combat the Heroin epidemic, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and County Legislator Laura Schaefer today announced a free Overdose Prevention Seminar will take place on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, located at 999 Old Country Road in Plainview. Residents will learn how to administer the lifesaving antidote known as Narcan and reverse the fatal effects of an Opiate overdose. Attendees will also learn the warning signs of drug addiction, available treatment options, personal stories of recovery, and more.
A 2006 State law allows ordinary citizens to administer Narcan in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability. Nassau County has already provided Narcan training for more than 3,600 people since 2012. At least a dozen trainees have used that knowledge - and a Narcan kit - to revive someone overdosing on Heroin or painkillers, and save their lives. Narcan is administered through a nasal spray, and is provided at no charge to trainees over the age of 18.
This training is provided by the Nassau County Department of Human Services, through the Behavioral Health Awareness Campaign, and is co-sponsored by Legislator Laura Schaefer.
No prior medical experience is necessary to participate in the training. All trainees will receive a certificate of completion. Anyone can attend, but seating is limited. Residents MUST pre-register either by emailing or by calling (516) 571-6105.