BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — In a move that only reinforces how much of an epidemic heroin and opioidis have become in western New York, the City of Buffalo is offering its citizens free Narcan training.
In four different sessions, medical professionals will help the general public learn how to administer a life-saving drug that can bring back drug users from fatal overdoses.
“As the epidemic of heroin and opioid drug overdose deaths continues in our city, our region and cities across the country, we believe it’s time to train and equip community members to aid in the rescue effort,” Buffalo Police Department Commissioner Daniel Derenda said. “While having our police officers carry Narcan is making a difference and saving lives, we need the help of our community to further address this important health issue.”
The beginning of March marked a deadly string of days in Buffalo, with 10 deaths in the first 10 days. As March continued, 25 people have died — more than one person per day.
The epidemic can be to blame for tens of thousands of deaths around the nation each year, and leaders across New York State are pushing to stem the flow of deaths.
Part one of the plan includes educating the public on how to save those who are already addicted. Phase two will include seeking treatment for those who need it, and prevention measures for those who may fall into the drug’s grasp.
In Buffalo, anybody can show up to the free training sessions. Those who complete the programs will receive free Narcan kits, with two doses of the life-saving drug. Sessions will be held at the following times and locations:
Saturday, April 2 – New Testament Cathedral on Kensington Avenue from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 2 – Valley Community Center on Leddy Street from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, April 21 – St. Joseph University Parish on Main Street from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 27 – True Bethel Baptist Church on East Ferry Street from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.