Narcan Training Continues in East Rockaway

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The district hosted a Narcan training for employees on May 9 at East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School. 

Led by East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School health teacher Andrew Rinn, the training taught those in attendance how and when to administer the lifesaving antidote that can reverse the fatal effects of an opioid overdose and save a person’s life. 

In October 2016, the Board of Education adopted a policy that authorized the district to participate in a New York State Department of Health-registered Opioid Overdose Prevention program as an opioid antagonist recipient. The Board permits any school employee to volunteer to receive training from this program. 

According to Mr. Rinn, the district began training last spring after receiving all the proper certification through New York State. To-date, approximately 50 district employees have volunteered to participate. The program issues individual and shared access to communal NYSDOH-provided naloxone nasal spray kits to the trained responders, which Mr. Rinn said is a great thing.

“The more Narcan kits we can get into the hands of community members, the safer we will be,” Rinn said.