(WBNG Binghamton) Free naloxone training classes will be offered to the general public and first responders across New York State. Attendees will learn how to recognize an overdose and how to administer the life-saving medicine.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that 12 Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) addiction centers across the state will be holding the training sessions.
Upon completion, participants will be certified to administer naloxone and will receive a free naloxone rescue kit.
“Overcoming heroin and opioid abuse requires the community to come together and be ready on every level, and naloxone is an important tool in this fight,” Cuomo said. “Proper training will ensure safe and effective administration of the drug by families, community members and first responders on the front lines. I encourage everyone who can to sign up so that lives – many of them, young – may be spared.”
According the the governor, heroin and opioid addiction has become an increasing problem, especially those aged 18 to 24 years old.
Nationally, as many as 467,000 people were reportedly abusing heroin or suffering from heroin dependence in 2012.
To sign up for an upcoming training session with OASAS, click here.