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Overdose Intervention: Clarkstown PD Pilots New Drug Program

Rockland Paramedic will train and equip the Clarkstown police to carry nalaxone.

Clarkstown police will be among the earliest to implement New York's new program to prevent heroin overdoses. 

Supervisor Alexander Gromack, Chief Michael Sullivan and Raymond Florida, Director of Rockland Paramedic Services, will hold a press conference at 9:30 am at Clarkstown Police Headquarters to explain this pilot program.

Here is the text of the announcement:

The Clarkstown Police Department has entered into partnership with the Rockland Paramedic Services, Inc., a registered NYS Department of Health Opioid Overdose Prevention Program, as a Pilot Program to be the first Police Department in the County and the Hudson Valley Region to train and equip Clarkstown Police Officers to administer naloxone as a 1st responder to medical emergencies.

The use of naloxone, an intranasal prescription medication, has proven to be effective in reversing the effects of an opioid drug overdose. Opioid drugs include, but are not limited to, heroin, morphine, oxycodone, methadone, hydrocodone, and codeine. Intranasal naloxone is generally effective within five to ten minutes of administration. If an individual was suffering from an opioid drug overdose, intranasal naloxone will cause that person to regain consciousness and resume normal breathing.

Accordingly, Officers will be trained and equipped to administer intranasal naloxone to persons who appear to be suffering from an opioid overdose.

As 1st responders to medical emergencies in the Town of Clarkstown, working in partnership with Rockland Paramedics and Clarkstown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, naxolone will supplement our first responder medical capabilities that include Emergency Medical Dispatch, 1st Aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillators(AEDs). The goal is to provide Officers with this life saving medication to intervene immediately in a drug overdose and provide the level of medical response and care that the citizens of Clarkstown deserve and expect.  


Charles Clewsow April 05, 2014 at 08:34 AM
Why not distribute thus drug to the drug addicts along with clean needles the way we used to so they could administer it themselves? That is probably next. More volunteer work should be directed to get these kids into AA a volunteer self funded program that saved more lives and families than any antidote. But AA is not a government feel good program so no one writes about it.
Casey Lorriane April 05, 2014 at 02:20 PM
Why don't addicts buy there own nacron and save us all the drama!! I do NOT want cops administering drugs to people. This a very strange and slippery slope. If you buy herion invest in narcon YOURSELF
Slainte April 05, 2014 at 04:16 PM
For starters I'm sure you meant rehab not AA. Rehab unfortunately for the most part is a joke. There's some success stories but mostly scamming junkies and drug dealers who actually use rehab as a network for buying/selling narcotics. Sorry to rain on the parade but that's the sad truth. What we need is strict drug sentencing and harsher minimum sentencing, not court ordered koombayah programs.
Charles Clewsow April 05, 2014 at 10:01 PM
Actually I did mean AA or NA. Both work. Both are self supporting from their own donations. Both are out of the realm of government who screw up everything they touch. These feel good programs are useless but the press loves it as do the PR people for our overpaid police.
Tara Weiss April 12, 2014 at 12:21 PM
I would like to personally thank the Clarkstown Police dept.for taking initiative and getting in the front line of an epidemic that is infecting our children. Thank you Patch and News twelve for your extensive coverage and attributing to public awareness!! This drug has no boundaries!! All hands in!!!

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