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Naloxone Program Approved for All County Facilities, to Enhance Community Safety

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Naloxone Program Approved for All County Facilities, to Enhance Community Safety

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Naloxone Program Approved for All County Facilities, to Enhance Community Safety
The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislator Glenn Morey was excused), authorized the Department of Emergency Response to partner with other agencies, departments and community partners to establish and maintain a naloxone distribution and training program within County facilities.  Naloxone has been identified as a substance that can immediately reverse the effects of opioid drugs in the case of overdose, and can be administered by a non-professional before first responders arrive, with such prompt action found to greatly increase the probability of survival. 

As it experiences the effects of the nationwide opioid epidemic, the resolution notes that Tompkins County desires to enhance survival of opioid victims and promote services to those at risk for overdose, and that, with comprehensive placement and training, naloxone will in many cases ensure immediate response and intervention, dramatically improving the chance of survival should someone in County facilities suffer an opioid overdose.  The ready availability of naloxone “will improve safety of our workforce and help make naloxone a life-saving fixture throughout the County,” the measure states.

The program will extend established protocols of the Departments of Probation, Mental Health, and Social Services, and the Sheriff’s Office, which have already acquired naloxone, expanding capabilities to other County departments and facilities, and will be incorporated into the County’s existing AED/CPR health and safety program throughout County facilities, with the program fully implemented in all facilities by the end of the year.