Senator Addabbo to host Naloxone training in Rego Park to combat opioid overdoses

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Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., in partnership with J-CAP of the Acacia Network and Community Board, will conduct a Naloxone training and certification event at the Rego Park Library, located at 91-41 63rd Dr., on May 9.

This critical training session, scheduled for 6 p.m., is designed to equip residents with the skills to recognize and respond to opioid overdoses using Naloxone, also known as Narcan.

The urgency of this training is underscored by the stark statistics provided by the NYC Department of Health, which reported a 12% increase in drug overdose deaths in 2022, totaling 3,026 fatalities—the highest number recorded since 2000. Opioids such as OxyContin, fentanyl, methadone and Vicodin, along with street drugs like heroin, are the primary drugs involved in these overdoses.

Participants at the event will learn to identify overdose signs and will also be trained in administering Naloxone through nasal spray, a convenient and effective antidote for opioid-related emergencies. “This event is so important because it could help people save a life,” stated Senator Addabbo. “In case of an overdose, you only have minutes to react and respond, and Naloxone is essential to be the one before 911.”

Upon completion of the course, attendees will receive a certification and a Naloxone kit to ensure they are prepared to act in emergencies. While the event is open to walk-ins, space is limited, and participants will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For those interested in attending or seeking further information, please contact Senator Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.