As communities across Long Island and the world solemnly recognize August 31st as International Overdose Awareness Day, Supervisor Don Clavin, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and the entire Hempstead Town Board renewed their pledge to combat the opioid epidemic by expanding the township’s Narcan Training Program through the addition of 10 new training classes. The successful program, led by Councilman D’Esposito – a NYPD Detective and former chief of the Island Park Volunteer Fire Department – provides members of the public with in-depth training on how to administer Narcan, a potentially lifesaving medication that can be administered in the event an opioid overdose. Joining Supervisor Clavin for the announcement were Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilmen Bruce Blakeman, Anthony D’Esposito, Dennis Dunne, Sr., Thomas Muscarella and Christopher Carini, as well as Town Clerk Kate Murray and Receiver of Taxes Jeanine Driscoll.
“The Town of Hempstead’s Narcan Training Program is a critical tool in our regional effort to combat the opioid epidemic currently sweeping across Long Island,” said Clavin. “The classes equip attendees with the knowledge and tools necessary to make a difference and save the lives of those suffering from an overdose.”
“Throughout my career as a first responder, I have seen firsthand the damage that opioid abuse can have on families, and can safely say that we need more members of the public trained to respond to opioid overdose situations,” said D’Esposito. “No community is immune to this epidemic, and it is imperative we take an active approach to combating it.”
The courses that comprise the town’s Narcan Training Program cover a wide range of topics that together empower class attendees to successfully respond to overdose situations. Residents who attend the program’s free, one hour classes are also provided with complimentary Narcan response kits – with over 8,500 kits having been distributed to members of the public so far. In addition to receiving free Narcan training kits, members of the public who attend the Narcan training classes will be instructed on how to identify an overdose victim, properly administer Narcan to the person experiencing an overdose, and contact emergency officials.
The Town of Hempstead-sponsored Narcan training classes are open to members of the public at no cost. Classes will last for approximately one hour. The schedule for the upcoming free community Narcan training classes is as follows:
Residents interested in receiving the potentially lifesaving Narcan training should register by calling the Hempstead Town Board at (516) 812-3242. Walk-ups are also welcome.
“It is so incredibly important that all who call Hempstead Town and Long Island home take an active role in working against the troubling reality of our regional opioid epidemic,” said Clavin. “These Narcan training classes will go a long way towards allowing members of the public to help their neighbors in need during their darkest hour, and give friends, loved ones and even complete strangers a second chance at life by knowing how to reverse an overdose.”