On May 13, Kings Park in the kNOw (KPITK) hosted their first Narcan training for members of the community. Narcan, also known as, Naloxone is an opiate blocker that reverses an overdose from heroin and other opiates including prescription pain killers Vicodin, Oxycodin or Percocet. According to KPITK well over 100 lives have been saved since Suffolk County began using Narcan,
Democratic candidate for Smithtown Supervisor, Steve Snair, attended the free training at the American Legion in Kings Park.
“The existing Narcan training program in Suffolk has already shown its effectiveness. I was happy to be a part of the experience first-hand,” said Snair.
Snair is troubled by the youth opiate epidemic plaguing Smithtown and the region, he believes everyone needs to step up to address this societal ill that is taking down large number of young Long Islanders.
“The unfortunate rise in heroin and opiate usage on Long Island has served as a blatant reminder that early drug prevention and education is vital for our youth,” he added.
Long time friend of KPITK Dr. Michael Delman provided the Narcan training . Delman is the Senior V.P. of Academic Affairs at Southside Hospital and the Assistant Professor of Medicine at Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine. Snair was one of 19 participants who watched a film before being given step by step instructions on the use their Narcan kits.
“There are no allergic reaction, no side effects,” said Delman.
Narcan kits include a respiratory mask, gloves, alcohol swabs, syringes and vials of Narcan.
“The efforts of Kings Park in the kNOw in working to reduce drug addiction and substance abuse is highly commendable. Now many individuals, including myself are in a better position to assist,” commented Snair.