UTICA, N.Y. – Center for Family Life and Recovery in Utica has become certified through the state health department as an Opioid Overdose Prevention Program, which allows non-medical workers to administer Naloxone, also known as Narcan, to help prevent a fatal drug overdose.
The state provides Naloxone to the organizations in the program to use when needed in the community.
“Increasing naloxone availability saves lives,” said Jodi Warren, director of Prevention Services at Center for Family Life and Recovery. “Making naloxone easily accessible to our community, who may have friends or family struggling with opioid use, is an important part of New York’s response to the opioid epidemic.”
According to data from the Oneida County Overdose Responde Team, there have been more than 240 overdoses reported so far this year, 42 of which were fatal. Nearly half of the overdoses involved heroin.
The data shows fatalities occurred in nearly 47% of cases when Naloxone was not used, and only 6% when the treatment was administered.
In 2020, members of state overdose prevention programs administered naloxone nearly 2,000 times.