Narcan to Nightlife Venues
Today, the NYC Hospitality Alliance joined Council Members Ossé and Powers in support of Intro 56 which would require the City to create the Nightlife Opioid Antagonist Program to help prevent opioid overdoses that could occur in nightlife establishments. The program would permit nightlife establishments in the City to request and retain up to 5 opioid antagonist kits at a time, free of charge, to keep on premises for administration to patrons, staff or individuals on the premises experiencing an opioid overdose and would provide free resources and trainings to nightlife establishments. You may view the press release here and our statement below.
“Overdose deaths plague our society and that’s why it’s critically important to invest in harm reduction at our city’s social spaces, like bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. By giving the opioid antagonist Narcan to nightlife establishments and providing their employees with training to administer the medication, we can save lives, just like CPR kits can save lives. We praise Council Members Ossé and Powers for their leadership introducing this impactful legislation, we urge to City Council to pass it and Mayor to sign the bill into law, and look forward to working with Department of Health and Office of Nightlife to support the program.” Andrew Rigie, executive director, NYC Hospitality Alliance