Narcan Kits Stocked at All Town Beaches, Skate Parks & Dix Hills Pool
Northport – The Town of Huntington’s beaches and parks will soon be bustling with sun bathers and those out for a stroll. With the official start of summer fast approaching, the Town is taking extra steps to be prepared for emergencies. Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci announced that all Town lifeguards are now fully trained to administer Narcan, a life-saving drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.
All Town lifeguards and select beach managers are now trained to administer Narcan. The Town has Narcan kits stocked at all eight beaches, skate parks and the Dix Hills Pool.
Supervisor Lupinacci spoke on the importance of this new training. “Opioid use has become an epidemic across the country, and the Town is doing its part to prevent overdoses. We felt an urgent need to have Town employees who are tasked with ensuring public safety to be able to administer Narcan if the situation demands it.”
Town park rangers, bay constables, and public safety patrols are still in the training process, but they will soon be fully equipped to administer Narcan. The training was provided by New York State’s Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).
Select Town employees will attend a “Train the Trainer” program so they can continue training new employees on how to administer Narcan.
The Federal government has declared opioid abuse an epidemic. A recent government account stated that 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016. A White House report stated that 175 people die of overdoses every day, which is roughly seven people per hour. The report also stated that overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death.
The generic name of the drug is Naloxone. Law enforcement officers in many states carry Naloxone to reverse the effects of overdoses when reaching a location prior to paramedics.
In the photo: Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci (2nd from left) with Crab Meadow Beach lifeguards (l-r) Jack Wilson; Amelia Kuehn; Randy Maldon.