Attendees will learn how to recognize an overdose, and how to administer the potentially life-saving medicine.
According to WBNG Binghamton, 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.”
BuffaloNews.com says that on Wednesday, State Police revived a 24-year-old female who was dying of a heroin overdose using naloxone, which they were trained to administer nasally in May. Standard procedure before this training was to wait for paramedics to arrive and inject the victim with naloxone.
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.