Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan & Family of Woodstock Announce Free County-wide Naloxone Trainings and Kits

County Executive Pat Ryan announced today that Family of Woodstock is now providing ongoing and discreet, one-on-one trainings in the delivery of Naloxone. Naloxone is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent overdose by opioids such as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone. It blocks opioid receptor sites, reversing the toxic effects of the overdose. The medication is administered through intranasal spray. Once trained, individuals with health insurance can access a Naloxone kit at most pharmacies. Individuals who do not have health insurance will be provided a Naloxone kit from the agency, free of charge.

Michael Berg, Executive Director of Family of Woodstock has assisted Ulster County in its work to combat the opioid epidemic since the inception of the Opioid Task Force in 2018 and continues to serve on the Opioid Strategic Action Team today. Family of Woodstock has been a major player in delivering substance use prevention and many other valuable services that have benefited residents of the Ulster County community since 1970.

“Behind every statistic is a person. Behind every person is a family. We cannot allow this crisis to continue to rip apart our community and our families,” County Executive Ryan said. “We need partners in fighting this epidemic and I thank Family of Woodstock for continuing to step up for our community. I am committed to reducing our opioid fatalities by 50 percent in two years, efforts like these help us achieve that goal.”

“Too many of our neighbors are losing their lives to opioids,” Michael Berg, Executive Director of Family of Woodstock, Inc. said. “If you or someone close to you is using, I hope that you will take the opportunity to be trained and receive a Naloxone kit. It might well save a life. If you need to talk to someone about what is happening for you or your loved one, Family’s hotline is available 24 hours a day to help.”

“Family’s decision to make access to Narcan easier will definitely save lives,” Dr. Carol Smith, Ulster County Commissioner of Health and Mental Health said. “It is a highly effective tool for reversing overdoses and for reducing the possibility of fatal consequences. While it is not the solution to the opioid epidemic, it can help those who have overdosed to live another day, with a chance to work toward healing, recovery – and a brighter future.”

Individuals wishing to receive training in the delivery of Naloxone can come to any of the agency’s four walk-in centers. Appointments are not required and no questions will be asked.

Family of Woodstock, Inc. Walk-in Centers:

Family of Woodstock
Location: 16 Rock City Rd.
Walk-in Hours: 7 days a week, 9:30am to 9:30pm

Family of New Paltz
Location: 51 North Chestnut St.
Walk-in Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-5:00pm, and Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm

Family of Ellenville
Location: 221 Canal St.
Walk-in Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm, and Wednesday, 10:00am-6:30pm.

Family of Kingston
Location: 39 John St.
Walk-in Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm

If you’ve got a problem…
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