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Workshop to Teach Countering Overdoses

Expert to demonstrate use of Narcan tor rescue those who have overdosed.

Parents, educators and others are invited to a training session Wednesday on spotting and responding to drug overdoses.

Sponsored by South Huntington Against Drugs, the session is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. at Daytop in Huntington Station.

A representative of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence will explain how to use Narcan, a drug used to treat opiate overdoses.

Narcan is "very, very effective in bringing people out of an overdose," said Steve Chassman, clinicial director at LICADD.

"It's going to be great training," Chassman said. "We have trained several hundred people in this lifesaving treatment."

The organization will provide a Narcan kit to anyone over 18 who participates in the workshop and "Will be able to administer this lifesaving medication," Chassman said. Narcan "could be the difference between life and death."

SHAD said free drug test kits will be given out courtesy of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.

On Monday, the Suffolk County police department said Officer Kevin Rieppel used Narcan to save two men in separate incidents this weekend.

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