Press Release

St. Francis Hospital Offers Free Narcan Training in Cooperation with Nassau County

November 1st, 2017

ROSLYN, NY – Every day, at least one Long Islander dies from an opiate overdose, whether directly caused by heroin or prescription painkillers such as Percocet or Oxycodone. In light of the opiate crisis that’s affecting communities nationwide, St. Francis Hospital, in cooperation with Nassau County, will offer free training on how and when to use Naloxone - an injectable, opiate overdose reversal agent otherwise known as Narcan.

On Wednesday, November 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the DeMatteis Center in Greenvale, community health professionals will show participants how to recognize the signs of an opiate overdose and how to reverse it using Nassau’s newest, effective treatment approach.

“Our goal is to educate the public in the midst of this nationwide crisis,” says Sue Palo, Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Community Health Services. “If we can help save the life of someone’s loved one, it’s an invaluable mission.”

Social work and OASAS CE credits are available for completing the training session, which will take place at 101 Northern Blvd. But the training is also open to anyone who would like to attend. Free Narcan kits will be offered to participants above the age 18 upon completion of the course. For more information visit:

Paul Barry, 516-563-7970,
Rosemary Gomez, 516-563-7965,

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