WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- To help combat New York’s drug abuse problem, the Ossining Extension Center of Westchester Community College will host a training session on overdose prevention on Thursday, Oct. 27.
Senator David Carlucci and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services -- or OASAS -- is sponsoring the free, public workshop, one of many they offer throughout the area. The workshop will address how to recognize an overdose, provide rescue breathing and administer naloxone, a drug used to block the effects of an opioid overdose.
"We are happy to work with Senator Carlucci as we battle this growing issue," said Nicole Joseph, Director of Ossining Extension Center of Westchester Community College. "We think the training will be very valuable because of the county’s rising drug use."
Recently, Governor Cuomo and OASAS have expanded training sessions at various Addiction Treatment Centers throughout the state that will educate participants on opioid overdose prevention.
Heroin and other opioid drugs, which produce a morphine-like effect, are becoming more of an issue in communities across the state, particularly among younger individuals. In 2013 there were over 89,000 cases of heroin and prescription opioid abuse in New York, with users as young as 18, according to OASAS.
"We hope this training program will educate the public about the dangers of these drugs while giving them the tools to help someone who overdoses," said Joseph. "All students, especially those in leadership roles are encouraged to participate and understand more about the drugs that are appearing on our doorstep."
The clinic will be held at 22 Rockledge Avenue in Ossining. For more information visit the Westchester Community College website or RSVP by calling Senator Carlucci's Office at (914) 941-2041.