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Unfortunately one of the things that hasn't changed in our world with the on-set of COVID-19 is the need for Narcan. The Opioid epidemic in the Hudson Valley continues to both affect people's live and sadly, take people's lives on a daily basis. On August 31. 2020 which was International Overdose Awareness Day, Ulster County Pat Ryan declared a Public Health Emergency due to the recent spike in death related to fentanyl.

This Friday the town of New Paltz will be hosting ZOOM event that is an online training course for the use of Narcan, a medication known to reverse the effects of an opioid or painkiller overdose. Training courses are offered so that more people are able to assist if they know someone who overdoses on opioids.

The New Paltz Opioid Prevention and Response Team is offering the class this Friday which will be held all online from 1 PM to 2 PM. Anyone from the New Paltz community along with residents of Ulster, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan counties are encourage to signup for the class. You can click here to register. You do need to sign up by Thursday, September 24th.

Free Narcan kits will be made available for pick-up and delivery. Contact Phoenix at pkawamoto@townofnewpaltz.org for more information. If you or someone you know needs help please use the link below to find help near you.