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Cortlandt Community Coalition Offers Narcan Training

The Cortlandt Community Coalition is presenting a free training seminar to Cortlandt residents April 20 on how to use Narcan.
The Cortlandt Community Coalition is presenting a free training seminar to Cortlandt residents April 20 on how to use Narcan. Photo Credit: Facebook

CORTLANDT, N.Y. – The Cortlandt Community Coalition is presenting a free training seminar on how to use Narcan to try to save the life of an opiate/heroin overdose victim Monday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Vincent F. Nyberg General Meeting Room, 1 Heady St., Cortlandt Manor.

The free session will be administered by trained personnel. The training is being held as a countermeasure on National Get High Day, commonly referred to as “4-20,” in an effort to negate the messaging that encourages drug and alcohol use on April 20 every year.

“As heroin use continues to be a pervasive problem, we want to give residents the chance to save someone’s life from a heroin overdose. Those extra minutes of early intervention could save a life from this deadly addiction,” said Linda Puglisi, Cortlandt town supervisor.

The training will start with a presentation and overview of opiate and heroin use, abuse and addiction by Pennye Nash, executive director of Sancia Health Care Inc. Sancia’s medical director, Dr. Stewart Schwartz, will conduct the Narcan training.

Narcan, administered in a nasal spray, has been used by local police, emergency medical service personnel and first responders to save the lives of numerous overdose victims over the past year.

Those attending the training class will receive certification and a free Narcan Kit to take home with them. Narcan is available only by prescription.

To register, contact Colleen Anderson at 914-734-1052 or colleena@townofcortlandt.com . Class sizes are limited, and reservations are required.

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