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Nassau offers training to curb overdose deaths
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force will host a free training workshop called Recognizing the Signs of an Opiate Overdose and Saving a Life.
On Nov. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., Nassau residents are invited to attend the training, learn how to administer the lifesaving overdose antidote called Narcan, and get a Narcan kit, free, to take home.
“We’re losing too many of our youth to this deadly drug epidemic,” Mangano said in a statement. “We need to be vigilant in all areas if we are going to eradicate this danger — education, enforcement, prevention and treatment are all key."
County officials said they’ve extended the invitation for the training to local parent-teacher associations, drug treatment providers, school social workers and family members identified as having a loved one at risk of overdosing.
So far, under a law in effect six years, Nassau is the first county outside New York City to win state certification to train nonmedical personnel to administer Narcan.
In 2011, 151 Nassau County residents died as a result of abusing prescription painkillers, heroin or other opiates, according to Mangano’s office. That averages out to about three residents every week.
Seating at the Narcan training is limited; RSVP by Oct. 26 to 516-571-6105. The training will be at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center, 510 Grumman Rd. West, Bethpage.
Above: Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano