Nassau County Overdose Prevention And Naloxone Training


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In an effort to combat the continuing war on prescription drug abuse and the heroin epidemic, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano launched a free public Narcan training program in September 2012 with the goal of teaching ordinary citizens the signs of an Opioid overdose and how to reverse its effects.

According to the CDC, deaths by Opioids – such as Heroin and prescription painkillers – now outnumber deaths by traffic accidents. Since 2011, more than 498 people died in Nassau from Opioid overdoses.

While Opioid abuse has become a widespread epidemic, County Executive Mangano and Nassau’s Office on Mental Health & Chemical Dependency, have found a way help prevent some of the drug related deaths and give people a second chance at recovery.

Naloxone, also known by the Trade name Narcan, can be administered through a simple nasal spray, and works by attaching itself to the Opioid receptors in the brain therefore protecting them from the Opioids that were ingested. Through Narcan training seminars, residents can learn how and when to administer the lifesaving antidote that can reverse the fatal effects of an Opioid overdose and save a person’s life. All trainees receive the Narcan, free, at the end of the training.

Since becoming State-certified as an Overdose Responder Program in late 2012 – the first County in the state, outside of New York City, to do so - Nassau County has hosted more than 70 such events and trained more than 2,000 members of the public on how to administer Narcan. 

Countless lives have been saved.

Recent News Helpful Links

08/11/2014 - 911 dispatcher, Nassau paramedics help mom save son with Narcan injection

07/27/2014 Mangano Offers Free Life-Saving Classes To Family Members Of Those Struggling With Substance Abuse

06/16/2014 - Mangano Shines Light On New York's Good Samaritan Law

06/16/2014 - Mangano Supports Governor Cuomo’s Efforts to Combat Heroin Use

06/11/2014 - Nassau County Police Report More Saves

06/11/2014 - Locals Undergo Narcan Training

06/09/2014 - County and State Lawmakers Trained in Overdose Reversal Agent–Narcan

06/4/2014 - More than just Narcan

06/4/2014 - Mangano’s Drug Abuse Prevention Efforts Could Become State Laws

05/08/2014 - Mangano Offers Free Narcan Training To Family Members Of Those Struggling With Substance Abuse

02/28/2014 - Mangano To Host Free Narcan Training Seminars For Families