ERIE COUNTY N.Y. (WIVB) – Erie County leaders want to put Narcan in your hands so you can help save someone’s life. Just last week 13 people in western New York died from heroin, fentanyl, a deadly combination drug or other opioid overdoses, according to Erie County health leaders.
Erie County wants to expand Narcan training. The drug can save someone’s life by temporarily reversing a heroin overdose. First responders carry the kits.
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 7 and 8, there are free training sessions at the Erie County Fire Training Academy on Broadway in Cheektowaga. The sessions Tuesday run from 6 until 8 p.m. The session Wednesday runs from 9 until 11 a.m. Erie County Health leaders say people will be trained to use the nasal spray kits not the needle kits.
“We need to continue to tell our family and friends, simply touching fentanyl could be a death sentence,” U.S. district attorney for WNY William Hochul said.
Last year 116 people died from opioid overdoes. This year officials say we’re on track to have 200 deaths in our community. Federal prosecutors say they’re going after the suppliers, but they want to help the addicts who are fighting a sickness.