Dean's Forum: The Opioid Crisis

Our ministry spotlight this week is on the cathedral's chapter of LI-CAN and their work in dealing with the opioid crisis on Long Island. More than 130 people die each day in the United States after overdosing on opioids. The number of opioid fatalities on Long Island increased by 77% from 2013 to 2017.

LI-CAN's response to the opioid epidemic on Long Island includes strategies for prevention, public awareness, listening campaigns and more. One of the life saving tools available is the use of naloxone, a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. Although traditionally administered by emergency response personnel, naloxone can be administered by minimally trained laypeople, which makes it ideal for treating overdose in people who have been prescribed opioid pain medication and in people who use heroin and other opioids.

At this week's Dean's Forum, Tina Wolf, Executive Director of Community Action for Social Justice, will be leading us in a training and providing information on how to safely administer naloxone.