Each member of our team here at Lua understands the importance of contributing to our communities. We believe that Lua can and should be a force for good and are always willing to do what we can to support that belief and our communities, either individually or as a team.
Lua is headquartered in New York City, one of the many urban areas greatly impacted by the Opioid Crisis in the United States. According to the New York State Department of Health, every seven hours, someone dies of a drug overdose in New York City. Over the last six years, overdose deaths in NYC have increased year over year. In fact, More New Yorkers die as a result of a drug overdoses than homicides, suicides, and vehicle accidents combined.
As a way to support our community and the many organizations we work with in mental, behavioral healthcare, and recovery, members of our Lua team participated in an opioid overdose prevention training provided by the New York City Department of Mental Health and Hygiene.
We were able to learn more about the crisis impacting the lives of thousands in the five New York City boroughs, where many of our team members call home. Along with gaining a better understanding of the extent of the crisis we were able to learn how to properly help someone experiencing an overdose, through properly identifying a possible overdose and the correct steps needed to administer Narcan. Narcan, or the generic naloxone, is a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose.
Each participant received a Overdose Prevention Kit with the needed tools and medications. Through the training we were able to gain the skills need to confidently assist someone in our community, if ever the need were to arise.
To learn more about the NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene Overdose Training program visit NYC.gov. There you can learn more about naloxone and the available trainings.