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Gloversville works to fight opioid overdoses

Kumi Tucker
Updated: November 10, 2020 07:12 PM
Created: November 10, 2020 06:26 PM

GLOVERSVILLE -- The fight against opioid overdoses is about enforcement and education.  

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Everyone can get free Narcan training this weekend, and go home with a kit that could save lives. 

Police descended on an apartment on North Street late last month, seizing 180 bags of suspected Fentanyl, as part of a long-term narcotics investigation. 

This is the enforcement arm of a fight against the opioid problem. 

There have been 41 overdoses in Gloversville so far this year, 10 of them fatal.  Last year, there were no fatal overdoses. 

"There has been such a large concentration of overdoses in the city of Gloversville," said Ginger Cato of the Rob Constantine Recovery Community and Outreach Center.  "Chief and I have met several times over the past few months, we're just trying to figure out why Gloversville, what can we do." 
 
The other part is education. They developed a neighborhood engagement unit. 

"We're actually going door to door, knocking on people's doors and offering them Narcan training along with other services that are available from various community agencies, all working together through the Glove City Coalition," said Gloversville Police Chief Anthony Clay.  

Chief Clay would like to get as much Narcan into the public's hands as possible. 

These kits are small and simple, and the training is fast and free. 

"Why not be prepared?  Like having a fire extinguisher in your house-- you're not going to go set a fire, but you're going to be prepared if a fire breaks out," he said.  "And we look at Narcan as very much the same thing."

Free Narcan training this weekend is Friday, November 13 from 4pm to 6pm, and Saturday, November 14 from noon until 2pm.  Both sessions will be at the Community Center at Dubois Apartments at 181 West Street.  

Gloversville police used Narcan on 18 people so far this year. That’s 18 people with another chance at life. 


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