Rockland declares war on opioids
Rockland County Executive Ed Day says he's declaring war on opioids.
There were 40 drug-related deaths in Rockland County last year, and county officials say almost all of them were from opioids.
The county is holding a Drug Take Back Day this Saturday at the County Office Building in New City, where residents can drop off prescription drugs, with no questions asked. It will also be offering free training for the potentially lifesaving drug Narcan.
"Narcan can make a difference between life and death for someone in the throes of a heroin or opioid overdose," says Day.
Anyone interested in the Narcan training this Saturday is asked to preregister through the Rockland County website.
"It really can save a loved one's life, and we can't get people to treatment if they are not surviving their overdose," says Rockland Department of Mental Health Medical Director Dr. Susan Hoerter. "So, we need to save people in that moment so we can then connect them with treatment."