February 20, 2018

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Announces Rescheduled Free Naloxone Training Sessions in Greene County

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Announces Rescheduled Free Naloxone Training Sessions in Greene County
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Two Training Sessions Which Were Rescheduled Because of Weather will be Offered as Part of Ongoing Naloxone Training Efforts

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services today announced a rescheduled date for two free naloxone training sessions in Greene County. The training was originally set to be held on February 7, and will now be held on February 21. During the training, participants will learn how to recognize, respond to, and reverse an opioid overdose using Naloxone.

“Naloxone is an important tool in the fight against addiction and has been instrumental in saving lives across New York State by reversing the effects of an overdose,” OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said. “I urge anyone who is able to take advantage of these trainings to do so and learn how to administer this lifesaving medication. By ensuring more people know how to use Naloxone, we help to further protect the health of all New Yorkers and build stronger communities.”

Details of the rescheduled training are below:

February 21, 3:30 pm and 6:00 pm: Mountain Top Library: 6093 Main Street, Tannersville NY 12485 (Contact Maureen Garcia at (518) 589-5707 to register).

The training session is free and open to the public, but reservations are strongly encouraged. Participants must be at least 16 years of age.

OASAS is also seeking partners for similar training events in Greene County. Communities and organizations looking to arrange additional trainings can email [email protected] or call (518) 485-0757.

New Yorkers are encouraged to carry naloxone to help when someone is experiencing an overdose. Under the New York State Department of Health’s Naloxone Co-payment Assistance Program (N-CAP), individuals can access low-cost or no-cost naloxone at pharmacies across the state. At participating pharmacies, individuals with prescription coverage as part of their health insurance plan can receive up to $40 in co-payment assistance for the purchase of this lifesaving drug. Uninsured individuals and individuals without prescription coverage can receive naloxone at no cost through New York's network of registered opioid overdose prevention programs.

New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the state’s toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369).

Available addiction treatment including crisis/detox, inpatient, community residence, or outpatient care can be found using the NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at FindAddictionTreatment.ny.gov or through the NYS OASAS website.

Visit CombatAddiction.ny.gov to learn more about the warning signs of addiction, review information on how to get help, and access resources on how to facilitate conversations with loved ones and communities about addiction. For tools to use in talking to a young person about preventing alcohol or drug use, visit the State's Talk2Prevent website.