ORISKANY, N.Y. – A Narcan training program has started at Oneida County Jail, where inmates can learn how to dispense the medication that can save someone from a narcotic overdose.
Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol says this is a voluntary program, and any inmates who complete it will receive a two-year certification. Nearly 20 men and women have been certified through the program already.
“As we continue to deal with the opioid crisis and we continue to see both non-fatal and fatal overdoses occurring, we have to think outside of the box on ways to save lives. One quick and inexpensive way is to ensure that there are as many people trained and equipped with Narcan out in the community, and with this program, we are doing just that,” said Maciol.
In the program, the participants learn what Narcan is and how to administer it, while also receiving training on opioid overdose prevention.
Each inmate who finishes the training will receive a complete Opioid Overdose Rescue Kit when they are released from jail.
The jail will also offer a CPR training program to the inmates in the spring.