D’Esposito Expands Life-Saving Narcan Program

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Issued by: Council Member Anthony D’Esposito

Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony D’Esposito will host a Narcan Training Session at the East Rockaway Library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1. The training, which is being run by D’Esposito, an NYPD Detective and Ex-Chief of the Island Park Fire Department, is a continuation of the councilman’s extremely successful Save-A-Life Program.

“Opioid abuse continues to devastate families in every community on Long Island and across the country,” said Councilman D’Esposito. “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.”

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. The 1,000th Narcan kit was distributed by the Town in January.

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 overdoses, 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.

According to published reports, in 2018 there were already 46 non-fatal heroin or opioid overdoses and 6 fatal overdoses in Nassau County and projections show as many as 600 opioid deaths occurred on Long Island in 2017. Additionally, 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.”

The Narcan Training Session will be held at the East Rockaway Library located at 477 Atlantic Avenue, East Rockaway at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2018.