Lawrence, NY - January 26, 2016 - To help save lives and combat the Heroin epidemic, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and County Legislator Howard J. Kopel will host a free Overdose Prevention Seminar on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Five Towns Community Center, located at 270 Lawrence Avenue in Lawrence. Residents will learn how to administer Narcan - the lifesaving antidote that can reverse the fatal effects of an Opiate overdose - and learn the warning signs of drug addiction, treatment options, personal stories of recovery, and more.
“Through education, awareness enforcement and treatment, my administration and the Heroin Prevention Task Force are diligently combatting heroin and opioid abuse throughout Nassau,” said County Executive Mangano. “These free Overdose Prevention Seminars continue to help save lives and keep families whole.”
At least 190 Nassau residents died from Heroin and prescription painkillers in 2014 (final statistics for 2015 is not yet available). Narcan has been used by paramedics and emergency room doctors for decades, to save lives. Yet a 2006 State law allows citizens to administer Narcan in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability. Nassau County has already provided Narcan training for nearly 6,000 people since 2012. At least two dozen trainees have used that knowledge - and the Narcan kit they were given - to revive someone overdosing on Heroin or painkillers, and save their lives. Narcan is administered through a nasal spray, and is provided at no charge to trainees over the age of 18.
Legislator Howard J. Kopel stated, “I urge any person who suspects that a loved one may have a drug problem to attend this meeting. It could help you save a life!”
Social Worker and Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor attendees will be eligible to receive free Continuing Education Units (CEU) for the two hour workshop – which is provided by the Nassau County Department of Human Services.