Town of Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin, in partnership with Councilman Christopher Carini, will host a series of Narcan Training sessions throughout the fifth councilmanic district in Merrick, Seaford, Freeport, Wantagh and Baldwin. The training, which is being run by Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, an NYPD Detective and Ex-Chief of the Island Park Fire Department, is a continuation of the councilman’s extremely successful Save-A-Life Program.
Supervisor Clavin stated, “Narcan training is saving our neighbors throughout the Town of Hempstead thanks to Councilman D’Esposito. I appreciate his expertise and commitment to educate residents on the dangers of drug abuse, and to train residents to respond to those in need of emergency, lifesaving treatment.”
“I’m grateful to Councilman D’Esposito for bringing this valuable program to my district,” added Councilman Carini. “As a former NYPD, MTA and Port Authority Police Officer, I’ve witnessed the devastating effects of drugs on those afflicted and their family members, and I’m committed to helping prevent future tragedies.”
The Narcan kits can quickly reverse the effects of a narcotic overdose and will combat opioid deaths. The training includes identifying an overdose victim, administering the Narcan kit, and contacting emergency officials. By supplying communities with this information and Narcan kits, the town is taking crucial steps toward combating fatal overdoses.
Over 4,000 training kits have been distributed by the Town to emergency services personnel, community members and even Hempstead Town public safety officers, bay constables and parks and recreation staff. Hempstead Town staff members have specialized qualifications and experience in dealing with medical emergencies through its Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) squad. The unit, based at the Town’s oceanfront beaches, includes EMTs and advanced paramedics who respond to a host of safety and medical calls at the township’s beaches. These professionals can deal with issues such as heroin overdoses, and they also have the training and credentials to interact with local hospitals and ambulance corps. In 2016, Town Lifeguards used Narcan to revive an overdose victim.
“By training those who are on the front lines as well as training local residents, we can help beat the scourge of heroin and other opioids and save the lives of those who are battling this terrible affliction,” noted D’Esposito.
Upcoming dates for Councilman Carini’s Narcan Training Sessions include