The Marine Park Civic Association is hosting an overdose-prevention training session to combat the rising heroin epidemic during its next meeting at the Carmine Carro Center on June 20.
The devastating problem prompted the local civic group to address the wide-spread issue, and bring in professionals who can provide neighbors with the life-saving drug known as Naloxone — that can quickly reverse the effects of a potentially fatal opioid overdose. It’s an epidemic that’s affecting families in every part of the city, said one civic member who helped organize the session with state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Marine Park.)
“As you read in the newspapers, you see that overdoses, including fatal overdoses, are hitting every community. It doesn’t make a difference where you live, your race, religion, age — it’s affecting everyone and it’s just a serious problem,” said Marine Parker Peggyann Accardo. “And we want to help everyone in the community who needs help, and provide resources for them to turn to if they want that help.”
Officials from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will hand out small kits with a dose of Naloxone, offer one-on-one training on how to administer it, and answer any questions, said Accardo.
Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Training at the Carmine Carro Center [3000 Fillmore Avenue between Marine Parkway and Madison Place in Marine Park, (718) 336-7343] June 20 at 7 pm. Free.