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Town supe candidate calls for Narcan training for workers

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Democratic candidate Marc Herman

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Democratic candidate Marc Herman holding Narcan, a drug that reverses the effects of opioid overdoses, in Massapequa on Thursday Aug. 17, 2017. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams

A group of politicians and community leaders on Thursday called on Oyster Bay officials to train workers in the use of the lifesaving opioid overdose drug Narcan.

Democratic Town Supervisor candidate Marc Herman, a dentist, spearheaded the call for action and highlighted public safety workers, parks workers and even lifeguards as those who need to be trained.

“There should be no excuse not to educate every employee that works on the front lines to be able to carry this to a greater scale,” Herman said at a news conference in Massapequa. “It’s a lifesaving antidote.”

Herman said training for the drug, which reverses the effects of an opioid overdose and is administered through a shot or a nasal spray, should still be optional, despite his call for all workers to get the necessary instruction.

But Supervisor Joseph Saladino, a Republican, said his office has been working for weeks on a recently rolled-out program where town workers are invited to volunteer for Narcan training sessions. So far there have been two sessions, with the most recent one happening on Thursday, hours after Herman’s news conference.

“There will always be multiple people at every facility that are certified and have the Narcan to administer,” Saladino said.

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