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Dutchess County Offering Monthly Narcan Trainings in 2020
With more than 3,500 individuals trained in 2019, DBCH continues training opportunities

Published: 1/28/2020

For More Information Contact:

A.K. Vaidian, MD, MPH (845) 486-3432


Poughkeepsie ... The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH) has announced its 2020 monthly naloxone (Narcan) training schedule, with training sessions held at the DBCH Training Room, located at 230 North Road in Poughkeepsie. Training residents on how to use Narcan is a key part of “Breaking Through,” Dutchess County’s proactive and collaborative approach to combatting the opioid crisis. The training sessions are free and open to the public; registration is not required.

Led by DBCH staff, Narcan training sessions explain how naloxone works to reverse an overdose, what to do when an overdose is suspected, and how and when to administer the medication. Each attendee receives hands-on training for administering naloxone, and a free Narcan kit to take with them at the end of the training. In 2019, DBCH staff trained more than 3,500 individuals in the proper use of Narcan during these training sessions and others like them in the community.

Monthly drop-in training sessions will be offered on the following dates from 4:30-5:30 p.m.:

  • February 26
  • March 25
  • April 22
  • May 27
  • June 24
  • July 22
  • August 26
  • September 23
  • October 28
  • November 25
  • December 23

In addition to the monthly training sessions, DBCH offers on-demand Narcan training at the County’s Stabilization Center 24 hours a day. Residents can walk into the Center, also located at 230 North Road in Poughkeepsie, and receive both training in the proper administration of Narcan and, upon completion, a kit with the medication. No appointment is necessary to receive training at the Stabilization Center.

County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “Addiction is a disease, and no one should ever feel ashamed or afraid to admit they or someone they love is sick. I encourage everyone to get trained on how to use Narcan. Our ‘Breaking Through’ campaign, reducing the stigma surrounding addiction and mental health disorders, continues to be one of our top priorities.”

DBCH Commissioner A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH said, “Narcan is a life-saving tool, and I encourage all residents to take advantage of these training opportunities. I sincerely hope that those individuals who learn to use Narcan, and come get a free kit, never actually have to use it.”

DBCH staff is also available to provide training to community groups throughout the county. To learn more about opioid overdose prevention, or to inquire further about Narcan training opportunities, please contact Opioid Education Coordinator Lori Levine at

Dutchess County’s efforts to continue “Breaking Through” the stigma of addiction and mental health issues will be among the topics County Executive Molinaro will discuss at his 2020 State of the County Address on February 20, 2020 at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park at 5:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so please RSVP by visiting or call (845) 486-2000.