To help save lives and further combat the ongoing opioid epidemic, and in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and new Town Councilman Louis B. Imbroto today announced that the Town will host a free Overdose Prevention & Narcan Training Seminar for residents in partnership with YES Community Counseling Center. The seminar will take place on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm at Massapequa High School, located at 4925 Merrick Road in Massapequa.
“My administration has taken a leadership role in addressing the opioid epidemic” said Supervisor Saladino. “Earlier this month, Public Safety Officers and other Town employees were trained to administer an overdose reversal agent. We take another step forward in September by hosting an Overdose Prevention Seminar for residents to learn the warning signs of drug addiction, obtain information on available treatment options, and learn how to reverse the fatal effects of an opioid overdose by administering a life-saving antidote. I thank the YES Community Counseling Center for their commitment to the wellbeing of our residents and partnership in this initiative.”
“Through training efforts and education and awareness seminars such as this, we can continue to save lives and keep families whole,” said Councilman Imbroto. “I thank Supervisor Saladino for ensuring our Public Safety Officers are trained to administer Narcan and look forward to hosting this Overdose Prevention Seminar with the YES Community Counseling Center. Together, we will strengthen our community in its battle against drug abuse.”
Narcan is administered through a nasal spray, and is provided by the YES Community Counseling Center at no charge to trainees over the age of 18. Under New York State law, residents can administer Narcan in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability.
This Overdose Prevention & Narcan Training Seminar is available to all residents. No prior medical experience is necessary to participate. All trainees will receive a certificate of completion. Anyone can attend, but seating is limited. Please RSVP to Esther Alter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (516) 624-6380.