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Heroin Task Force Calls For NARCAN Registry

Trained school employees can now administer Narcan in the event of an emergency in New York State.
Trained school employees can now administer Narcan in the event of an emergency in New York State. Photo Credit: Flickr

Several state senators are calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to create a statewide registry of naloxone distribution and usage and overdose reversals.

"We must take every step necessary to eradicate New York of the heroin epidemic," said Sen. Terrence Murphy. "By collecting more accurate data through our proposed Narcan registry we can help ensure the needed resources are being sent to those communities facing the greatest scourge. This will help make enforcement more efficient and ultimately save lives. It is this type of outside the box thinking that is needed for our continued effort to win the war on addiction."

The registry call comes after the New York State Department of Health recently announced that naloxone will be available over the counter at CVS pharmacies throughout New York.

The proposal calls for narcan kits to be inventoried upon dispersal and for EMTs, law enforcement officials and medical personnel to report usage. The identities of patients would not be reported.

Senators Amedore, Murphy and Ortt are co-chairs of the Senate's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.

The number of heroin and opioid overdose deaths has decreased since the rise of use and availability of naloxone.

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