Deaths due to opioid overdose are in decline in the United States according to recent medical surveys with the overdose antidote naloxone (Narcan) credited as a main cause of this positive trend.

State Senator David Carlucci is one of the New York lawmakers leading the Narcan awareness effort. Carlucci has supported legislation that made the antidote easily available at pharmacies and has hosted several Narcan trainings around the Hudson Valley.

Carlucci’s most recent training was held last Thursday, September 7 at the Suffern Free Library. Twenty or so persons came out, each receiving a free nasal naloxone kit. Senator Carlucci said, “Our community is clearly facing an epidemic, as opioids have killed more people in America than any other cause in our time. In order to reverse this trend we have to sound every alarm and use every resource at our disposal. Making sure the community understands naloxone exists and how to use it is the best way to spread the word and help prevent unnecessary deaths as a result of overdose. ”

Carlucci’s next naloxone event will be held October 12, 6-8 p.m. at the Nanuet Public Library.

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