The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) is offering free training in the use of naloxone (Narcan) to reverse suspected overdoses for groups and organizations and is seeking hosts. The hospitality industry is targeted specifically in this effort. OASAS offers this training to a wide audience and seeks to train professionals, community members and the public who are not otherwise trained through current local opportunities.
The civilian training is 90 minutes long, and can accommodate groups of various sizes. Participants will learn to recognize, respond to and reverse a suspected opioid overdose using naloxone. Rescue kits are available for those with an immediate need and for all first responders. Other participants will receive information on how to obtain free or low-cost naloxone from pharmacies using medical insurance and NYS Naloxone Co-payment Assistance Program. If you are interested in hosting this training for your organization or your community, please contact Skip Zimmerman, Naloxone Training Coordinator for OASAS, by phone (518) 485-0757 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.