Supervisor Don Clavin and Councilman Anthony D’Esposito have expanded the Town of Hempstead’s life-saving Narcan Training program to various locations throughout America’s largest township. The training, led by Councilman 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, “It is vital to offer this important, life-saving program to residents throughout various communities in Hempstead Town. Thanks to Councilman D’Esposito’s expertise and commitment to educate residents on the dangers of drug abuse and to train residents to respond to those in need of emergency treatment, Narcan training is saving our neighbors.”
“As a law enforcement official, I have seen firsthand the horror of drug abuse,” concluded D’Esposito. “The prevention of these tragedies is extremely important to me. If we can save one life, then this program will be a success. My hope is that with more education and by spreading the word of the dangers of drug abuse, we can eliminate the need for this type of program.”
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 5,000 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 address 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.
Upcoming dates and locations for Councilman D’Esposito’s Narcan Training Sessions include: