Issued by: Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin
The scourge of opioid abuse has shattered families across Long Island and the nation. Additionally, studies have shown an alarming increase in the number of young children hospitalized for accidental opioid-related poisonings. In an effort to save lives from opioid-related overdoses, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin and Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana are partnering with Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito to bring his Narcan Training and Opioid Poisoning Prevention Seminar to Garden City. D’Esposito, a former NYPD Detective and Ex-Chief of the Island Park Fire Department, will lead the training session.
The Narcan Training and Opioid Poisoning Prevention Session, free and open to the public, will be held on Monday, May 21st at 7 p.m. at the Garden City Public Library (60 7th Street, Garden City, NY 11530). Those who attend the training event will also receive a free Narcan kit.
“Unfortunately, the opioid crisis in our nation has reached such an alarming level that the federal government has declared it a public health emergency,” Clavin said. “No community is immune from this dangerous trend that is devastating families, and I thank Councilman Anthony D’Esposito for bringing his life-saving Narcan program to Garden City.”
“It’s heartbreaking to see how many families are impacted by opioid abuse,” Cabana said. “By learning how to use Narcan on someone who is overdosing, we could prevent another family from enduring a tragedy. Thank you to Councilman D’Esposito for providing this important public safety service for the Garden City community.”
Narcan, also known as naloxone, can reverse an overdose by stopping the effects of opioids. After a dose of Narcan, the person should begin to breathe more normally and it will become easier to wake them.
Published reports estimate that as many as 600 people on Long Island died in 2016 as a result of opioid overdoses, with 195 of those in Nassau County.
The Town of Hempstead has distributed more than 1,000 Narcan kits to Hempstead Town public safety officers, bay constables, parks and recreation staff, town lifeguards and emergency medical technicians, as well as local emergency responders and community members.
“By training neighbors, in addition to our first responders and government employees, we are providing more people with the ability to help save the lives of those who are suffering from opioid addiction,” D’Esposito said. “What’s more, our session will provide families with critical information on how to safeguard their medications and protect them from getting into the wrong hands, especially those of youngsters.”
“By taking part in this valuable course on Narcan and Opioid Poisoning Prevention, people of all ages will leave with key skills to help fellow neighbors,” Cabana said. “I encourage students and adults to take time out to take advantage of this free training seminar.”
“Though opioid deaths have been rising nationally, there are ways we can prevent and save lives,” Clavin said. “By learning how to keep harmful medications away from curious young children and learning how to use Narcan, we’re equipping neighbors with the tools they need to wage war against opioid related deaths in our own communities.”