Life preservers: Ridge community board will train locals how to reverse opioid overdoses

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It could be a life-saving lesson.

An organization that trains substance-abuse counselors will teach residents of Community Board 10 how to use a medication that reverses opioid overdoses at the board’s June 18 general meeting in Bay Ridge. The rep from the Resource Training and Counseling Center who will lead the training said that the Naloxone medication — also known as Narcan — can save lives.

“With opioids, if you can just get them breathing again, you can completely reverse the overdose with no long-term effects, and they have a true second chance at life,” said director of education and training Mike Buckley.

The training will take place during the first part of the June 18 meeting, starting at 7 pm at the Fort Hamilton Senior Center. Reps from the Resource Training and Counseling Center — which is also funding the training — will teach attendees how to administer the nasal spray, and also give each attendee a kit with the device that administers the spray, plus two liquid doses of the medication. Buckley said they will also teach locals more about opioids and their deadly effects.

“We go over what opioids are, how they work, and what it is that causes an overdose and what you’re doing in reversing it,” he said. “Some people don’t even realize that certain drugs are opioids, so we want them to be able to identify that stuff too.”

The medication starts reversing an overdose in about two to five minutes by blocking receptors in the brain for heroin, painkillers, and other opioids for 30 to 90 minutes, according to the state Department of Health. It is not meant to be a substitute for medical attention, but instead prevents overdoses from being fatal before emergency medical personnel arrive.

Councilman Justin Brannan (D–Bay Ridge), who pitched the idea to the community board, said that the training is valuable because it is quick, easy, and gives people the tools to potentially save lives.

“It’s pretty quick for what it is. It teaches people what the drug does, how it works, what to look for, and I think the whole point is to empower everyday people with the skills needed to administer this,” Brannan said.

The borough saw 251 deaths from opioid overdoses last year, and the 68th Precinct — which covers Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights — was one of the borough’s six precincts that had high overdose rates, according to District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. But the 68th Precinct and others included in the group — including Sunset Park’s 72nd Precinct, Coney Island’s 60th Precinct, and Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct — were also home to more than half of the borough’s more than 300 overdoses that were reversed by Naloxone.

The district manager of CB10 — which covers Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Fort Hamilton — said that officials decided the community board meeting would be the best place to offer the training since it would reach a large number of locals.

“We decided that doing it at the beginning of the board meeting is a good way to continue to spread the word about how important and lifesaving a tool it is,” said Josephine Beckmann.

Community Board 10 General Board Meeting at Fort Hamilton Senior Center (9941 Ft. Hamilton Parkway at 100th Street in Bay Ridge). June 18 at 7 pm.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 1:34 am, July 10, 2018
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Mike from Was 73rd & 5th says:
This is total BS. When I had a bad problem with drug dealers on my block, Justin was no help at all and I had to fight drug dealers myself, putting myself in danger. Even then Justin did absolutely nothing.
This article is about the kind of thing that politicians do to make themselves look good when they have no track record to back up their doing things to make themselves look like heroes.
Sort of like how Justin started a foundation only when he decided he was getting into politics in 2010. It's all smoke and mirrors and very disingenuous. And I consider myself a progressive liberal. Justin is not a progressive liberal.
So far he's as ineffective and as shallow as Vinnie Gentile was before him. All spin. But he charms people with his smile and his laugh.
June 14, 2018, 9:23 am
Kathy says:
↑ sounds like Mike Reiss is off his meds again
June 14, 2018, 9:59 am
Mike from Was 73rd & 5th says:
Here come the Justin Brannan drones from Bay Ridge to put up the street fight, a comment Justin crafted himself for Kathy Katari, and comments Justin is known to use, as he did when he abused his former autistic colleague Michael Bistreich.
Bay Ridge is knee-deep in hypocrisy and has a totally corrupt local precinct, the 68th. Kathy and others in the DA's office have continued to drop the ball, more concerned with their careers and opportunism, cronyism and nepotism, as it was during the Charles Hynes years.
Bay Ridge is a drug den because of local corruption, shallow leadership, and no vision whatsoever.
They have the world they want. A racist, corrupt, drug-riddled Copland, where cops make money off alliances with dealers.
And from what I understand, Kathy Katari is a CB-10 member who has presided over the ineffective battle against heroin there and the epidemic of police corruption out there in Copland, NY... Bay Ridge.
June 14, 2018, 1:59 pm
Mike from Was 73rd & 5th says:
Brannan bullies former staffer:
June 14, 2018, 2:08 pm
Mike from Was 73rd & 5th says:
Correction: Kathy above is Brannan's Bullies member Kathy Lilleskov. Member also of Bay Ridge Dems.
June 14, 2018, 2:36 pm
Jimmy from Dyker says:
Totally agree with Mike. The Justin Brannan guy just wants his fat paycheck. I knew Brannan and his pals years ago and he hated the system and had his own serious issues. And working with Gentile all those years ... c'mon. Brannan is just in it for the money and the fame. End of story.
June 14, 2018, 9:44 pm
Mike from Was 73rd & 5th says:
Thanks Jimmy.

Actually, I think "Kathy" above here might just be Justin using a pseudonym. He went off throwing around insults earlier when I sent him a message via email about this stuff and other things.
JB hates being under any kind of scrutiny. Wrong career move.
He's thin-skinned and sees himself as a saint.
June 14, 2018, 10:19 pm
Jimmy from Dyker says:
No problem buddy. These politician scumbags are everywhere. Like friggin roaches. both parties keep hatchin eggs. alien vermin all over. money hungry insects.
nyc politix. Ugly as it ever was.
June 14, 2018, 10:34 pm
Alan says:
Sounds like 1 or 2 people with a personal axe to grind against Justin posting under fake names. I for one am glad he was elected and am glad he is doing this training for our community and I am not using a fake name
June 16, 2018, 12:13 pm
Mike from Was 73rd & 5th says:
No one here seems to be fake. Nor is the information. But if you enjoy gentrification and centrism, you've got your man. Justin Brannan.
The City Council is destroying the city with this never-ending cycle of serving the wealthy. If Justin turns out to be different, great. But I think he will be very much like his mentor Vinnie Gentile. There primarily for the paycheck and never rocking the boat. No new ideas, no holding anyone accountable.
Vinnie Gentile lied about many things, including NYPD corruption and a fabricated "war on cops" and many other unsubstantiated fantasies, much like a Republican. Justin will be similar, as he never dissuaded Vinnie from following many absurd notions or projects - eco-dock, etc.
Justin is more into photo-opps and ribbon-cuttings, exactly like Vinnie G. so far. No substance, all rhetoric, no change, all big donors, and kissing higher-ups on the mouth and the rear.
But let's watch the show. NYC is not going to recover from the deep damage of long-term corruption.
Good luck with what you have, however.
June 16, 2018, 7:53 pm
Mike from Was 73rd & 5th says:
If Justin is true to the cause, then he needs to begin investigating NYPD corruption at the 68th Precinct and Dan Donovan.
He can also go after the fact that Jim Dolan at Madison Square Garden is getting away with millions of dollars of property tax rebates that he doesn't need that could easily go to New York City schools and such. That would be just a start.
And Justin does not answer or even engage in the bigger questions. He does the easy things, like alternate side parking posts on his Facebook page and summer movies and filling potholes and smiling photo opps in front of grand openings of barbers and nail salons.
June 16, 2018, 7:59 pm
Marc from Flatbush says:
June 19, 2018, 7:10 am
Mike from Was 73rd & 5th says:
Thanks again for sending that one, Marc. Sums up the collusion of the City Council with the developers. Hope the Philistines and the blind mice will read it and change their minds - but probably not. City continues to fall into this cycle of decline via Council-encouraged gentrification.
June 19, 2018, 7:14 am

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