Widespread distribution of Narcan kits to save lives
The new “Intro 56” law will come into effect next January 11, 2023 & promises to introduce Narcan kits to venues around the city while staff will be offered training sessions on administering the life-saving treatment.
“ The overdose crisis has been inflicting pain and heartache on our city for too long, so now it is time to take action, one of our city’s residents loses their life to an overdose every three hours, so it is essential we use every tool in our arsenal to tackle this crisis.
By providing Narcan kits to New York City nightlife establishments and educating staff on how to use it in the event of an overdose, we will save lives, and build a healthier, safer city for all. ”
– Eric Adams, NYC Mayor
A rate of death by overdose not seen for two decades
Narcan kits are used to prevent opioid overdoses and with the current circulation of fentanyl-laced drugs in the US, could be essential to saving lives. Drug-related deaths were at an all-time high in 2021 according to a recent report. In the space of just three months – from July to September 2021 – unintentional overdoses accounted for 709 drug-related deaths in New York City, the highest number in some two decades.