Nassau County, NY - December 24, 2014 - To help save lives and combat the Heroin epidemic, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced a new series of free Overdose Prevention Seminars for residents to learn how to administer the lifesaving antidote known as Narcan and reverse the fatal effects of an Opiate overdose. Attendees will also learn about 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 trained more than 2,400 people in Narcan since 2012. At least a dozen trainees have used that knowledge - and 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. Training is provided by the Nassau County Department of Human Services - Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency & Developmental Disabilities Services’ (OMHCDDDS) Behavioral Health Awareness Campaign.
The following Overdose Prevention Seminars will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m:
- Monday, January 12, 2015 Herricks HS-Auditorium, 100 Shelter Rock Rd., New Hyde Park
- Wednesday, January 28, 2015 East Rockaway Fire Department, 13 Grant Ave, East Rockaway
- Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk Ave.
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 email or by calling (516) 571-6105.