Join us: Free Naloxone Training at Pearl River Library on 3/13

Join us: Free Naloxone Training at Pearl River Library on 3/13

Rockland Connects is hosting a free Overdose Response Training at the Pearl River Library on March 13th at 6:30pm. It is free and open to the public.

All attendees will be trained on how to identify and response to an opioid overdose. At the end of the training, trainees will receive a free naloxone rescue kit to take home. 

All those interested in inviting Rockland Connects to host a naloxone training at their organization or workplace can contact us at info@rocklandconnects.org.

Event information: 

When: March 13th at 6:30pm

Where: Pearl River Library, 80 Franklin Avenue, Pearl River, NY 10965

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Download this flyer HERE.

Rockland Connects Provides Free Naloxone Kits at the MLK Celebration

Rockland Connects Provides Free Naloxone Kits at the MLK Celebration

This year, Rockland Connects celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr Day by joining the MLK Celebration at Ramapo High School to train community members on overdose prevention. This event drew hundreds of people from all over the Hudson Valley and 150 nonprofit groups to bring live performances, education and connection to health-promoting services.

Rockland Connects distributed dozens of free naloxone rescue kits and almost 100 safe sex kits to attendees.

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In Case You Missed It: Opioid Awareness Event and Naloxone Training in Cornwall, NY

In Case You Missed It: Opioid Awareness Event and Naloxone Training in Cornwall, NY

On October 9th, Rockland Connects was invited to present at Cornwall Public Library in Cornwall, NY. India Perez-Urbano, Rockland Connects' Executive Director, brought awareness to the opioid epidemic in Orange County, and nationally. The event spoke on the public health benefits of harm reduction, and the need for more conversations around the health complications that are often intertwined with opioid addiction - such as HIV, hepatitis C and bacterial infections. 

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The second half of the event included an Overdose Reversal Training in which the audience was trained to reversal an opioid overdose with naloxone and received a free naloxone kit. For any of those interested in hosting a free overdose training at their workplace or school, they can contact Rockland Connects at programs@rocklandconnects.org.

 

Free HIV Testing

Free HIV Testing

Finkelstein Memorial Library, in collaboration with the Rockland County Department of Health, is hosting free and confidential rapid HIV testing. 

FREE HIV TESTING DATES: 

  • Tues. Sept. 12: 6-7PM
  • Tues. Oct. 10: 6-7PM
  • Mon. Oct. 23: 6-7PM
  • Tues. Nov. 14: 6-7PM

LOCATION: Finkelstein Memorial Library, 24 Chestnut Street, Spring Valley, NY 10977

Confidential results in 20 minutes. Registration is not required. For info, please call: 845-364-2570

Other ways to access free, rapid HIV testing: 

Rockland County Department of Health
50 Sanatorium Road, Building J, Pomona, New York 10970
Call (845) 364-2570 for an appointment

Hudson Valley Community Services Inc.
86 Route 59, Spring Valley, New York 10977
Call (845) 356-0570 for an appointment.

Reachout (Haverstraw Center)
50 West Broad Street, Haverstraw, New York 10927, (845) 429-5731
1st Wednesday and 3rd Friday of the month from 2 pm – 5 pm

Rockland: Averages 2 Overdoses per Week

Rockland: Averages 2 Overdoses per Week

Overdose rates are rising fast in Rockland County. In 2016, Rockland County lost 40 lives to overdose. According to the Office of Senator David Carlucci, the number of fatal opioid overdoses has increased 11-fold in the past 10 years (Fig. 1).

 Fig. 1: Opioid Death Toll, Senator David Carlucci

Fig. 1: Opioid Death Toll, Senator David Carlucci

Data regarding fatal and nonfatal overdoses from the Rockland Paramedics Services (which aggregates overdose data from law enforcement across the county) reveal concerning trends in Rockland County. 

In 2016, the average number of weekly overdoses responses by law enforcement was 1. Since the beginning of 2017 (January - May 2017), that number has raised to 2 overdoses a week. Additionally, the average age of those who have overdosed in 2016 was 32. The average age of those who have overdosed in 2017 dropped to 26 years old. (Fig. 2).

 Fig. 2: Average overdose responses in Rockland, Jan. 2016-May 2017, by Rockland law enforcement.

Fig. 2: Average overdose responses in Rockland, Jan. 2016-May 2017, by Rockland law enforcement.

When we breakdown this overdose data by zip code, we find that the towns with the highest rates of overdoses are Nanuet (#1) and Pearl River (#2). Below is a map of overdose responses in Rockland by zip code.

Overdose Responses in Rockland County, Jan. 2016 - May 2017 (Law Enforcement)

There is an urgent need to address drug overdose in Rockland County. Community members and healthcare providers must be equipped with the proper education and knowledge on how to respond and treat an overdose.

Rockland Connects provides free overdose response training to do just that. We teach individuals: the risks of fatal overdose, what happens during an overdose, how to respond to an overdose, and how to treat overdose with naloxone (an overdose reversal drug). Join us during the first and third Mondays of the month, 6:30-8:00pm, at the Nyack Center for a free training and overdose rescue kit. Alternatively, join us every fourth Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:00pm, at the MLK Multi-Purpose Center in Spring Valley.

 

April 29: Prescription Drug Take-Back Day & Narcan Training

April 29: Prescription Drug Take-Back Day & Narcan Training

On April 29th, 2017, Rockland County Department of Mental Health, in conjunction with the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, will host a county-wide Prescription Drug Take-Back day and a free community training on the use of naloxone (Narcan) for opioid overdose reversal in order to address the current opioid crisis.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK LOCATIONS: 10AM - 2PM

  • CVS 280 S. Main Street New City
  • CVS 330 NY-304 Bardonia
  • CVS 12 W Ramapo Rd Garnerville
  • 11 New Hempstead Road New City

Unwanted medications can be dropped off at your local police departments at all times.

FREE NARCAN TRAINING: 

When: Saturday April 29th at 10:00am-11:30am

Where: County Office Building, 11 New Hempstead Road in New City.

The Clarkstown PD, Haverstarw PD and the Rockland County Sheriff Department will have officers present at the above locations where citizens can drop off unwanted medications on this National Prescription Take-Back Day.

This is an important trainingwhichwill educate  Rockland citizens in the use of Narcan(naloxone ) in the event of a life threatening opioid overdose. The training willdemonstratethe use of naloxone,( Narcan) which is now also available without prescription at many pharmacies in Rockland County. All citizens 18 and over are welcome to attend this potentially life saving training. All who register and attend the training will receive a free Narcan Kit.

Resource: Reducing the Harms of Drug Use

Resource: Reducing the Harms of Drug Use

During this week's drop-in hours at the Nyack Center, Rockland Connects held an educational orientation to Harm Reduction to equip the public with information on how to support--and advocate for--people who use drugs.

Harm Reduction is a public health effort to save lives, promote health, and prevent the spread of life-threatening infections such as HIV and Hepatitis C. It refers to strategies and tips to minimize the harms associated with drug use. Download this digital resource to learn more about harm reduction and the different ways in which you can support someone who uses drugs. 

In Case You Missed It: Opioid Awareness at the Nyack Library

In Case You Missed It: Opioid Awareness at the Nyack Library

On March 29th, we held our second Opioid Awareness Event at the Nyack Library. India interviewed Dr. Alain Litwin and two people in recovery to tell us about opioid addiction and to engage the audience in an important conversation around the ugly side of opioid dependency.

Over 50 people came together last night to learn about the growing opioid epidemic in Rockland County. Over 30 of our attendees were high school students. We are so grateful to our panelists for sharing their stories with us and for leading a candid conversation around how to support those who are living with addiction.

Thank you to all of those who joined us last night at our Opioid Awareness Event in the Nyack Library. Below are some highlights from this powerful evening: 

Request a Free Narcan Kit

Request a Free Narcan Kit

Anyone who is interested in learning how to identify and respond to an overdose can contact us and receive free overdose reversal training on demand. Individuals can come to our private office in Nyack, or we will meet you in your neighborhood. 

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Weekly Coffee & Drop-in Hours at the Nyack Center

Weekly Coffee & Drop-in Hours at the Nyack Center

We are excited to announce our weekly drop-in hours at the Nyack Center: every Monday night 6:30-8:30pm. Come join us! We will be planning weekly educational activities to spark discussion around tackling the opioid epidemic in Rockland County.

Opioid Awareness Event Series Launch in Spring Valley

Opioid Awareness Event Series Launch in Spring Valley

On February 27th, we launched our Opioid Awareness Event Series at the Finkelstein Memorial Library. We sat down with Dr. Chinazo Cunningham, a family doctor and addiction treatment provider at Montefiore Medical Center. She answered questions such as: What opioid addiction looks like? Why are we seeing an over prescription of opioid painkillers? What happens to the body when someone overdoses? and How can you support a loved one who is living with addiction?

Here is a short clip from the night: 

We were delighted to have County Legislator Aney Paul join us, as well. Below are pictures from the event. Below are more photos from the event.

Join us for our next Opioid Awareness Events:

  • March 29th at the Nyack Library, 7:00pm. 
  • May 4th at the Suffern Free Library, 7:00pm.