Tompkins County
New York


Enhancing Safety of County Facilities through Provision of Naloxone


Department:Department of Emergency ResponseSponsors:
Category:Public Safety


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WHEREAS, provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control estimated that over 66,000 lives would be lost to overdoses in 2017, and the National Center for Health Statistics determined that over 2/3 of these fatalities involve opioids, and


WHEREAS, the National Institute on Drug Abuse identifies the drug Naloxone as one that can immediately reverse the effects of opioid drugs, restoring normal respiration, and reports at least 26,500 opioid overdoses in the U.S. were reversed by laypersons using naloxone between 1996-2014, and


WHEREAS, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) writes that “prompt action by a non-professional who observes an individual experiencing early stages of opioid overdose and who administers naloxone before professional first responders are on the scene, greatly increases the probability of survival,” and


WHEREAS, ASAM further states that “revival of an opioid overdose victim- often referred to as a ‘rescue’ via naloxone use ‘in the field’ - is important to achieve as it can be life-saving and the first step in helping an individual connect with ongoing helpful medical services (including addiction treatment if indicated) after the treatment of the overdose emergency,” and


WHEREAS, Tompkins County is similarly experiencing the effects of a nationwide opioid epidemic and desires to enhance survival of victims and promote both pre-emptive and follow-up services to those at risk for overdose, and


WHEREAS, Tompkins County employs more than 700 workers and others at 19 buildings and various work sites, and hosts hundreds of citizens and visitors daily, and


WHEREAS, with comprehensive placement and training, naloxone will in many cases ensure response and intervention within an immediate time frame, thereby dramatically improving the chance of survival should someone in our facilities suffer an opioid overdose, and


WHEREAS, in keeping with its leadership role in community health and safety, the ready availability of naloxone will improve safety of our workforce and promote and help make naloxone a life-saving fixture throughout the County, and 


WHEREAS, the Departments of Probation, Mental Health, and Human Services, in addition to the Sheriff’s Office have acquired naloxone and established protocols for its use in instances of suspected opioid overdose in County workplaces and public interactions, and the County desires to expand these capabilities to other departments and facilities, and


WHEREAS, by Resolution 2014-201, the County established an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) program within its facilities and operations to enhance the safety and health of workers, citizens, and visitors and delegated program functions to the Department of Emergency Response and the County Health and Safety Committee, and


WHEREAS, the “Good Samaritan” rules as governed by State Public Health Law apply to naloxone administration in addition to the operation of AEDs and provision of CPR, and


WHEREAS, the Department of Emergency Response has developed a framework within which a naloxone initiative can be incorporated into the AED/CPR program for access, storage, inventorying, and maintaining of naloxone supplies and for training of County employees in naloxone administration, in concert with existing AED, CPR, and first-aid offerings, now therefore be it


RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Public Safety Committee, That the Department of Emergency Response is hereby authorized to partner with other agencies, departments, and community partners, in the establishment and  maintenance of a naloxone distribution and training program within County workplaces,


RESOLVED, further, That the Department of Emergency Response has identified existing resources to begin the initiative in 2018 and incorporate naloxone training into existing safety training programs.



Meeting History

Apr 4, 2018 3:00 PM  Public Safety Committee Regular Meeting
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MOVER:Anna Kelles, Member
SECONDER:Shawna Black, Member
AYES:Henry Granison, Anna Kelles, David McKenna, Shawna Black
Apr 17, 2018 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting
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MOVER:Rich John, Member
SECONDER:Shawna Black, Member
AYES:Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Martha Robertson, Michael Sigler
EXCUSED:Glenn Morey