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Conklin business looks to give people struggling with addiction a second chance

CONKLIN (WBNG) — After losing one of his own employees to an overdose, a local businessman is making sure people struggling with addiction receive help, starting with a Narcan training session.

After employee, Matt Koselak, died of an overdose two years ago, the owner of CREW4 Moving Solutions in Conklin, Garrett Wagner, has made it his mission to give people a new life.

“He was my best friend,” said Wagner. “After almost two years clean, he went out and made a bad decision and…that was the last day of his life.”

Wagner says he also struggled with addiction for three years. After receiving help through local programs and through church services, he says he is now eight years sober.

Now Wagner wants to use his new perspective on life to help others. To do that, he hosted a Narcan training session Friday afternoon at his business. Narcan is the drug that is used to reverse an overdose.

“It’s my hope to encourage other business owners to do the same thing,” said Wagner. “Whether it’s a bank or a telemarketing company, it’s a service business. For a free program, free training, free kit, it’s a no-brainer to help with the epidemic.”

Wagner says he tries to hire people struggling with addiction who are looking to better their lives. He says he speaks with his employees closely to help them through tough times and give them a job to push through the struggle.

Though Wagner does not have set plans for another Narcan training session, he says he hopes to hold more in the future.

Anne Sparaco

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