Albany County employees train to use Narcan

March 21, 2019 07:19 PM

Albany County is training its employees to administer and carry Narcan, the opioid overdose-reversing medication.

County Executive Dan McCoy announced the new initiative on Thursday afternoon as 20 county probation officers went through training.

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Funded by the New York State Department of Health, McCoy says they hope to train all employees that work with the general public on a regular basis.

"We want to have our people trained and ready to go. Stanford University did a study and that with Narcan on the street and training that we provide over 21,000 people in a decade can be saved and that's what this is about, saving someone's life," said McCoy.

McCoy said last week, department supervisors went through the training. The employees are learning how to administer the nasal spray version of the medication.


Jacquie Slater

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