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Free opioid overdose response training 9/26

Naxolone nasal spray kits to be distributed

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 10:30 am

As part of National Recovery Month, Borough President Melinda Katz will join NYC Health + Hospitals and the Health Department in sponsoring an event to train members of the public on how they can save the lives of people suffering from opioid overdoses.

The training will be held Thursday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon in the auditorium, also called Room A1-22, of NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst at 79-01 Broadway. Attendees will learn how to recognize an opioid overdose and how to properly and safely administer naloxone medication to reverse it.

Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, is a medication that can be used on an emergency basis by nonmedical professionals to treat opioid overdoses to prevent fatalities. Naloxone is administered by nasal spray and has saved the lives of many who have overdosed on opioids such as heroin, prescription pain killers and fentanyl.

The free training session will include remarks from Katz, followed by a presentation from NYC Health + Hospitals/ Elmhurst about the nationwide opioid epidemic and its impact in Queens. It will be followed by a Health Department-facilitated training on how to administer naloxone nasal spray. Free kits containing naloxone nasal spray will be distributed at the end of the training to individuals age 12 and older.

The training will also include information about what NYC Health + Hospitals is doing to combat the opioid epidemic, what treatment is available in Queens for opioid addiction and what New Yorkers can do to prevent opioid overdoses.

Naloxone is an “opioid antagonist” that counteracts the life-threatening depression of the central nervous and respiratory systems suffered during an opioid overdose. Administration of naloxone can quickly restore normal breathing and save the life of a person overdosing on an opioid. It is a safe medication widely used by emergency medical personnel and other first responders to prevent opioid overdose deaths. Unfortunately, by the time a person having an overdose is reached, it is often too late.

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