Feb 01, 2019
NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln announced today that it has distributed 1,084 naloxone kits to members of the community since February 2018. In addition, 859 people have received training in how to identify an overdose and how to administer naloxone.
Naloxone is a drug used to prevent an overdose of opioids, such as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone, by reversing the toxic effects of the drug. The medication is administered using a nasal spray, when someone is showing signs of opioid overdose, which includes when a person is unresponsive, breathing slows or stops, or lips and/or fingernails turn blue, pale, or gray.
“It’s gratifying to know that our naloxone distribution has gained traction in the community,” said Milton Nuñez, chief executive officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. “Every kit that is in a community member’s hands has the potential to save another life from opioid overdose. It’s just one of the many tools we are using to battle this epidemic here in the Bronx.”
“The de Blasio administration’s programs to increase access to naloxone are saving lives,” said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried. “Naloxone is safe, easy to administer, and effective. I commend Health + Hospitals for its naloxone distribution, education, and training programs both in the Bronx and throughout the City.”
The naloxone kit distribution center at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln was launched in February 2018 to address the epidemic of opioid overdoses in the South Bronx.
Naloxone kits and training are provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm in ExpressCare at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln (at 234 East 149th Street in the Bronx). The kits are available—free of charge and without a prescription—to anyone 12 and older. No appointment is necessary. Everyone who receives a kit is trained by hospital staff, which takes approximately 3-5 minutes.
Contact: Renelda Walker, NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln,
About NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, located at 234 East 149th Street in the Bronx, is a 362-bed, Acute Care Level 1 Trauma Center with the busiest single site emergency department in the region. Recognized as a “2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” by The Joint Commission, receiving top grades in Leapfrog Scores Safety in 2015 and 2017, and acknowledged with High Performing ranks in U.S. News & World Report in 2017 and 2018, the hospital emphasizes primary care and specialty medicine and uses the latest advances in medical science. It has designations as a Breast Center of Excellence, Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, Diabetes Education Center of Excellence, and others. Lincoln’s Primary Stroke Center has The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Gold Plus and Target Plus Honor Elite awards. Its Hemodialysis, Palliative Care and Perinatal Services are all certified by The Joint Commission.
About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or Twitter at @NYCHealthSystem.