South Oaks Hospital will begin offering monthly Narcan training starting later this month.
Narcan, or naloxone, is a prescription nasal spray that can help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. If a person has experienced an overdose from another drug or alcohol, Narcan will not have a negative effect on that person.
South Oaks Hospital staff received naloxone training on September 29 and will offer monthly sessions open to the community explaining how to administer the life-saving antidote. The free training will take place on the third Wednesday of each month from 6-7 p.m. during the weekly support group meeting for family members and loved ones of addicted people. Anyone who attends will receive a free naloxone kit.
“Offering Narcan training to our community members is just one step that South Oaks Hospital is taking to help mitigate the rampant opioid addiction issue on Long Island,” said Lenny Nartowicz, executive director of South Oaks Hospital.
For more information, contact Deborah Tarantino at 631-608-5336.