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CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) An effort to train parents, drug-abuse counselors and others to administer an anti-overdose medication has drawn dozens of people in suburban New York.

The Journal News (http://lohud.us/1eLQLOp ) says more than 70 people attended a session Friday in Carmel to learn how to use naloxone. It can reverse the effects of heroin and opiate overdoses.

It's also known under the brand name Narcan.

Many first responders in New York and other states are trained to use it. At least 17 states and the District of Columbia allow Narcan to be distributed to the public.

Jack Mack of Croton lost his son to a heroin overdose in 2012. Jack Mack said he was glad to get Friday's training.

But he says, in his words: "I hope I never have to use it."

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Information from: The Journal News, http://www.lohud.com