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Press Releases > Narcan Training Sessions

Narcan Training Sessions

March 15, 2016 - The Buffalo Police Department will hold four community Narcan training sessions. The sessions, which are free and open to the public, will focus on how to administer the life-saving overdose antidote.  Attendees will receive a free Narcan kit, containing two doses of Narcan, upon completion of the training session.

“As the epidemic of heroin and opioid drug overdose deaths continues in our city, our region and cities across the country, we believe it’s time to train and equip community members to aid in the rescue effort. While having our police officers carry Narcan is making a difference and saving lives, we need the help of our community to further address this important health issue,” said Buffalo Police Department Commissioner Daniel Derenda.

The free Narcan training sessions will be held at the following locations:

  • Saturday, April 2, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – New Testament Cathedral, 987 Kensington Ave.
  • Saturday, April 2, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Valley Community Center, 93 Leddy St.
  • Thursday, April 21, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., St. Joseph University Parish, 3269 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214
  • Wednesday, April 27, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St.

The most recent national data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that opioids—a class of drugs that include prescription pain medications and heroin—were involved in 28,648 deaths in 2014. Anecdotal information from medical and law enforcement sources around the U.S. indicates that number is trending sharply upward.

The drug naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, temporarily reverses the effects of opioids, allowing someone who has suffered an overdose to resume breathing. Administration of Narcan to an overdose victim increases the life-saving window of time for treatment by first responders. 

The Free Community Narcan Training Sessions are part of Mayor Byron Brown’s continued commitment to addressing the growing epidemic of prescription opioid drug and heroin abuse in our community which also included the following:

  • A recent Town Hall Meeting on heroin and opioid drug overdose abuse, co-sponsored by the “Save the Michaels of the World, Inc., Mayor Brown, North District Council Member Joel Feroleto, and US Attorney William Hochul
  • Reducing access to drugs through drug enforcement, part of Mayor Brown’s Zero Tolerance policing policy which has resulted in an overall crime rate reduction of 32 percent since 2006
  • Improving intervention to reduce overdose deaths by being the first city in the region to equip police and firefighters with Narcan; since its inception, they’ve administered Narcan nearly 1,000 times, saving lives
  • Installing prescription drug drop-off boxes at each of the five District Police Stations

 In the first 10 days of March, there were 10 overdose deaths in the City of Buffalo, with at least 25 deaths in the city since the beginning of the year.