Free Narcan Training for Community Members – Wednesday, May 23, 6:30 pm, Mamakating Town Hall

Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan, in partnership with the Town of Mamakating and the Tri-County Community Partnership, will host a free Narcan training for community members on Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30 pm . The training will be held at the Mamakating Town Hall (2948 Rte. 209, Wurtsboro). The Narcan training is available at no cost and is recommended for parents, other loved ones, and anyone closely associated with an individual suffering with a heroin/prescription opioid addiction.

Space is limited for the free training program and pre-registration is required. To register, call LA Branch at Catholic Charities at 845.794.8080, ext. 117.

Narcan, also known as naloxone, is an anti-overdose medication that inhibits the effect of a heroin/opioid overdose. It can be administered via injection or nasal spray by a lay person who has received training to carry a Narcan prescription.

“In most cases, Narcan is administered by a trained first responder or medical professional. Thankfully, it can also be administered, with life-saving results, by a trained lay person, such as a parent, sibling, or significant other,” said Martin Colavito, Narcan Trainer, and Director of Prevention Services for Catholic Charities. “I encourage anyone who has a loved one addicted to opioids to receive Narcan training and equip themselves with the skills and supplies necessary should the need arise. Lives can be saved,” added Colavito.

Narcan training takes approximately two hours and is available to individuals 16 years or older. It is legal for a person who has been properly trained and prescribed to carry and administer Narcan. Those who do administer it to an individual believed to be suffering from an overdose are protected under the Good Samaritan Law.

“For more than 40 years, Catholic Charities has been providing recovery assistance to those suffering from the disease of addiction,” said LA Branch, Narcan Training Coordinator at Catholic Charities’ Sullivan County office. “While our goal is to have them seek professional assistance along their journey to recovery, until they do, concerned loved ones can receive Narcan training and hopefully offer a second chance.”

Catholic Charities operates chemical dependency clinics in Orange and Sullivan Counties and has recently expanded community-based outreach into Ulster County. Treatment and recovery services are provided to those in need independent of religion or ability to pay. For clinic location information, contact 845.794.8080 or visit

Additional Narcan trainings will be held throughout the year and will be announced as training dates and locations are confirmed. To be added to a training list, contact LA Branch at Catholic Charities.


WHO:              Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan
WHAT:             FREE Narcan training for community members
WHEN:             Wednesday, May 23, 6:30 pm
WHERE:           Mamakating Town Hall, 2948 Rte. 209, Wurtsboro
RSVP:               Registration required – RSVP by calling 845.794.8080, ext. 117