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Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 30, 2017

Contact: Jane Lerner, Director of Strategic Communications

Office of the County Executive (845) 638-5645

Rockland to Hold Narcan Training for Haitian Community

NEW CITY, NY – Rockland County Executive Ed Day has announced that the county will hold another Narcan training event – this one geared for residents who speak Creole.

The free training will be held at 5:30 p.m., June 14 at Konbit Nèg Lakay, 16 E. Church St., Spring Valley.

“Opioid addiction knows no barriers,” the County Executive said. “It affects all communities.”

The training is being coordinated by the Rockland County Department of Mental Health and will be done with the help of Konbit Neg Lakay, an organization that servers the Haitian population.

Creole translators will be available. Participants will be given a free rescue kit.

Registration is required. Please call 845-425-4623.

Additional training sessions are also being planned for the Jewish community and the Spanish-speaking community.

Nearly 100 people took part in a training session offered by the county in April. They were taught how to use the nasal spray to treat an overdose.

Narcan, also known by its generic name, naloxone, is an opiate antidote that can reverse the effects of opioids, including heroin and prescription pain pills.

“Narcan can mean the difference between life and death for someone in the throes of a heroin or opioid overdose," the County Executive said. "We know that all across this country, people are dying from opioid abuse."