NY offers free training on opioid overdose prevention

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E) – New York’s Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) is offering free training on opioid and heroin overdose prevention to the general public and first responders.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday announced the training to be done at the 12 OASAS Addiction Treatment Centers (ATCs) across the state.

“Overcoming heroin and opioid abuse requires the community to come together and be ready on every level, and naloxone is an important tool in this fight,” Governor Cuomo said. “Proper training will ensure safe and effective administration of the drug by families, community members and first responders on the front lines. I encourage everyone who can to sign up so that lives – many of them, young – may be spared.”

The training will teach participants how to recognize an overdose, what to do during an overdose, how to provide rescue breathing during an overdose and how to administer naloxone. Upon completion of the training, participants will be certified to administer naloxone and will receive a free naloxone rescue kit.

Interested parties can sign up for training at http://www.oasas.ny.gov/atc/ATCherointraining.cfm.

The free training comes as the state and the country struggle to contain an opioid and heroin addiction epidemic.

Heroin and prescription opioid treatment admissions in New York State totaled 89,269 in 2013. The number of people abusing heroin and suffering from heroin dependence was 467,000 in 2012.

The training also comes barely two months after Cuomo signed a law providing new programs and insurance reforms to improve treatment options for individuals suffering from heroin and opioid addiction; measures to strengthen penalties and put in place additional tools for law enforcement to crack down on the distribution of illegal drugs; support for enhanced public awareness campaigns to prevent drug abuse; and provisions to ensure the proper and safe use of naloxone.

OASAS is at the forefront of the state and country’s campaign against drug abuse. It oversees addiction services systems with more than 1,600 prevention, treatment, and recovery programs. OASAS treatment programs assist about 100,000 people on any given day and more than 240,000 different individuals every year.

One addiction rehabilitation program being used in rehab clinics today is the Start Fresh Program, a combination of medical and non-medical intervention.

Start Fresh Program is an addiction treatment innovation of BioCorRx Inc. (OTCQB: BICX). It uses Food and Drug Administration-approved naltrexone implant for the medication part and life coaching for the non-medical therapy.

The implant releases naltrexone, an opioid antagonist, over several months to curb a patient’s craving for alcohol. While the patient is sober, he undergoes a series of life coaching sessions to resume a normal life free from abuse.

BioCorRx licenses the program to rehab clinics nationwide.

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