Before this law was passed, Alycia McKnight, who once saved someone at work with her own personal kit, hosted a Narcan training with Truth Pharm for her coworkers. Less than a week later, McKnight said one of the kits given out at the training saved someone’s life. Knapp warned the current pandemic may isolate loved ones; she encourages everyone to reach out to loved ones during this time. The drug is more commonly known by its brand name, Narcan. Knapp and others are hoping the law will encourage people to be trained in Narcan and allow them to intervene when needed. She told 12 News she hopes more people realize how serious the opioid problem is in the Southern Tier. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that expands Good Samaritan rights to businesses that prevent people from overdosing. Including restaurants, hotels and retail stores, the bill protect businesses if they use Naloxone to save someone’s life. “This is definitely a good thing because the more people that have access to Narcan, the more places that Narcan be used, the more lives ultimately will be saved,” said Marissa Knapp, the opioid overdose prevention coordinator for the Broome County Health Department. For information on how to be trained with Narcan, and how to obtain it locally, click here. “People think that we’re immune to it because we’re such a small community,” said McKnight, who lost her brother to an overdose in 2009. “It’s happening more and more in the rural areas.” (WBNG) — Potentially saving lives just got a lot safer for residents across New York. For local leaders on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, the more people who are equipped to use Narcan, the better.
VESTAL (WBNG) — The Children’s Charity of Greater Binghamton was at the Vestal Mirabito across from Target Friday morning to host the 13th annual Give Back Friday Toys for Tots campaign. Santa and his elves were out front of the convenience store collecting new toys and monetary donations from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. “We are firm believers of giving back to our community and this is such a great partnership. It makes us feel like we are supporting the people who need it the most especially this year,” said Lindsay Meehan the Public Relations Manager for Mirabito. “This year we definitely feel the community needs us more than ever with the COVID pandemic still going on, and a lot of families have needed us for several years. We think that it’s obviously more of a need this year,” said Liz Bucci the Spokesperson for the Children’s Charity. The virtual event will go live on the charity’s Facebook page at 7 pm Friday, Nov. 27. In conjunction with the toy drive, Mirabito was offering a gas sale at the location and was also serving up refreshments and cookies to those who came out in support. During previous years the toy drive also featured a live event at night that had live entertainment and raffle drawings, however, due to the pandemic this year the event was moved to a virtual format. For several years Mirabito has provided a convenient location for the toy drive This year the charity hopes they bring in more toys than ever to benefit the children in the community.