Carlucci Introduces Bill to Make Naloxone Readily Accessible at Pharmacies in New York

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Two free Naloxone trainings will be hosted by Senator Carlucci later this month

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Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) will announce legislation today that will make Naloxone more readily accessible at pharmacies throughout New York. This bill will ensure New Yorkers are trained and equipped in how to save the life of someone who has overdosed on heroin or opioids.

To combat the heroin epidemic, over a dozen states have expanded access to Naloxone by issuing a “standing order” which allows Naloxone to be dispensed over the counter at pharmacies. The New York State Commissioner of Health has yet to issue such action. Partnering with the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Senator Carlucci will hold two free Naloxone trainings this month to give New Yorkers the ability be trained in how to administer this lifesaving antidote in the event of a heroin overdose.

The first training will be held on Wednesday, January 20 at the Ossining Public Library from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The second training will be held on Monday, January 25 in Room 3214 at Rockland Community College from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Anyone interested in attending can RSVP by contacting Senator Carlucci’s office at 845-623-3627.

Senator Carlucci will be joined tomorrow by Renee Arbitman and Caren Schwartz, who have both lost a child to fatal drug overdose. Renee and Caren are very active throughout the community educating people on the dangers of heroin as well as helping parents recover from the loss of a child from caused by a drug overdose.

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