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    First of its kind Opioid Program in New York State
    June 12, 2016 8:06 pm  
    First of its kind Opioid Program in New York State

    Community Ambulance Company is implementing a new tool in the war on drugs.

    The New York State Department of Health designated our “Opioid Overdose Prevention Program” as the first of its kind for an ambulance service or fire department in Suffolk County. Community Ambulance Company has taken the traditional classroom based program and created an aggressive first ever state wide policy to bring life saving intranasal Nalxone directly to the families of those impacted by this terrible illness. This program will be fully operational starting on Tuesday June 21, 2016 with the assistance of Medical Director Dr. Brian Blaustein and Suffolk County EMS & Public Health Director Robert Delagi.

    Jamie Atkinson, Community Ambulance Company Board of Director/ Vice-President/

    Opioid Overdose Prevention Program Director stated:

    “This innovative program will allow anyone from the community to visit our headquarters, stop one of our marked EMS vehicles, or call us at (631) 567-2586 to receive this life saving training on the spot. We will continue to schedule traditional classroom lectures on our web site at www.communityamb.org.”

    “Our members respond to all 911 calls for medical assistance in the towns of Sayville, West Sayville, Bayport, Bohemia, Oakdale, or Fire Island’s Cherry Grove. Our members may now stay after the emergency is handled to offer a 10 minute presentation to family members and bystanders at the scene. The training video can simply be displayed on a smart phone. A dose of Naloxone will be provided free of charge upon completion of the presentation. Our goal is to provide this life saving training in order to prevent more senseless tragedies. This aggressive 911 first responder policy provides follow up education at the time of the emergency call. Easy accessibility of Naloxone makes this a ground breaking program. Overcoming Heroin and Opioid abuse requires the community to come together and be ready on every level. We feel this program will be an important tool in the fight”

    Christopher Gonzales, Community Ambulance Company Chief of Department stated:

    “Over 60 of our already trained EMT’s now have the ability to provide education and dispense life saving medication throughout our community free of charge and at a moment’s notice.”

    “This program is unique because we are utilizing the expertise of our membership, most of whom are residents of our community. They attend countless hours of training, have experience administering intranasal Naloxone, and routinely handle the terrible aftermath of an overdose tragedy. Our members now have the ability to prevent overdose deaths by having the tools to prevent needless tragedies at their disposal.”

    “Ambulance crews typically respond to provide emergency medical care after an overdose has occurred. This program enables our members to educate and prevent those who are most at risk from senseless tragedy.”

    “Community Ambulance Company responded to over 20 Opioid overdoses from January 1, 2016 to June 6, 2016. 10 of those patients were critically ill. These stats are combined over the six townships

    Dr. Brian Blaustein, Medical Director and Attending Emergency Medicine Physician at Northwell Health – Southside Hospital stated:

    “This program is not just for the family affected by drug addiction. It could also benefit those with children who can potentially obtain their parents legally prescribed medications, or caretakers of the elderly that can mistakenly overdose on prescription pain medication.”

    “Naloxone temporarily blocks the effects of Opioid medication, allowing a patient to regain consciousness. The potentially life-threatening Opioids include prescribed pain medication as well as illegal drugs such as Heroin. Naloxone poses no danger to individuals who receive it. There is potential to be abused. Naloxone only works if a person has Opioids in their system. The medication has no effect on the body if Opioids are absent.”

    “All individuals who are given intranasal Naloxone must still be evaluated in the hospital. 911 must still be immediately called.”

    “We are making this program so no member of our community should have to wait for a class. A family should not feel helpless. They can now have the education and tools readily available to help save a loved one’s life.”


    * For a quote from Suffolk County EMS & Public Health Director Robert Delagi email robert.delagi@suffolkcountyny.gov or phone 631-852-4235

    * For additional quotes or information from Dr. Brian Blaustein email bblaudo@gmail.com.




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