Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony D’Esposito this week distributed the Town’s 1,000th life-saving drug overdose prevention kit. Councilman D’Esposito, an NYPD Detective and Ex-Chief of the Island Park Fire Department, has been going throughout his council district, training residents on how to save a life if they suspect a drug overdose. In addition, Councilman D’Esposito has reached out to his fellow Town Board members and offered to present this same training in their districts. Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby was first to sign on board and dates and locations in her district are being established. Joining Councilman D’Esposito as he announced the milestone and program expansion was Councilman Dennis Dunne. Town of Hempstead Medical Director Dr. Dave Neubert was also on hand to discuss the program.
The Narcan kits can quickly reverse the effects of a narcotic overdose and will combat opioid deaths. The training includes identifying an overdose victim, administering the Narcan kit, and contacting emergency officials. By supplying communities with this information and Narcan kits, the town is taking crucial steps toward combating fatal overdoses.
“Opioid abuse continues to devastate families in every community on Long Island and across the country,” D’Esposito said. “Training local residents to administer Narcan can save a life. Through this program, training those who are on the front lines, we can help beat the scourge of heroin and other opioids and give those who are battling this terrible affliction a second chance.”
The 1,000 training kits have been distributed to emergency services personnel, community members and even Hempstead Town public safety officers, bay constables and parks and recreation staff. Hempstead Town staff members have specialized qualifications and experience in dealing with medical emergencies through its Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) squad. The unit, based at the town’s oceanfront beaches, includes EMTs and advanced paramedics who respond to a host of safety and medical calls at the township’s beaches. These professionals can deal with issues such as heroin overdose, and they also have the training and credentials to interact with local hospitals and ambulance corps. In 2016, Town Lifeguards used Narcan to revive an overdose victim.
“This program is so important,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. “I am extremely grateful to Councilman D’Esposito for sharing his expertise and helping to prevent tragedies in the communities I represent.”
“I work closely with organizations in my district, including the YES Community Counseling Center that address drug addiction on a daily basis,” said Councilman Dunne. “The Narcan training program can help an overdose victim so they will survive and be able to seek treatment from a facility like YES or one of the many others that are available for those struggling with addiction.”
Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney added, “This is such a great program that unfortunately meets a real need here in the Town of Hempstead. I truly appreciate Councilman D’Esposito’s efforts and I look forward to working with him to bring this lifesaving training to my council district.”
According to published reports, the opioid overdose deaths were at an all-time high in 2016 on Long Island, with 190 opioid deaths in Nassau County alone. Emergency responders on Long Island say they saved more than 700 overdose victims with Narcan in 2016.
“As a law enforcement official, I have seen firsthand the horror of drug abuse,” concluded D’Esposito. “The prevention of these tragedies is extremely important to me. If we can save one life, then this program will be a success. My hope is that with more education and by spreading the word of the dangers of drug abuse, we can eliminate the need for this type of program.”
Upcoming dates for the Councilman’s Save-A-Life Narcan Training Program include:
- Oceanside Library on January 23rd at 7PM
- Malverne Public Library on February 5th at 7PM
- Rockville Centre Public Library on February 8th at 7PM