On Wednesday, Oct. 7, the Gold Coast Library, 50 Railroad Ave., Glen Head will host a free Overdose Prevention seminar. The event is held in partnership with Nassau County Legislator Donald MacKenzie. It will take place from 7 to 9 p.m.
Residents will learn how to administer the lifesaving antidote known as Narcan and reverse the fatal effects of an opiate overdose. Attendees will also learn the warning signs of drug addiction, available treatment options, personal stories of recovery and more.
A 2006 state law allows ordinary citizens to administer Narcan in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability. Nassau County has already provided Narcan training for more than 4,000 people since 2012. Dozens of trainees have used that knowledge—and their free Narcan kit—to revive someone overdosing on heroin or painkillers and save their lives. Narcan is administered through a nasal spray and is provided at no charge to trainees over the age of 18.
This training is provided by the Nassau County Department of Human Services, through the Behavioral Health Awareness Campaign. Trainees are eligible for two Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) credit hours, upon request. No prior medical experience is necessary to participate in the training. All trainees will receive a certificate of completion. Anyone can attend, but seating is limited. Residents must preregister either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 516-571-6105.