Nassau County to Honor Police Officers and EMS for Saving Life's from Region's Heroin Epidemic

Heroin rate skyrockets on Long Island.

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Mineola, NY - October 19, 2014 - Nassau County Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves and Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter will join PBA President James Carver in honoring a dozen cops and ambulance medical technicians for their heroic action in administering the antidote Narcan, that  prevented  local residents from a having a life threatening drug overdose.

The ''Cop of the Month'' ceremony will take place on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 1:00pm at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building located at 1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola, NY. It is being co-sponsored by Nassau County Legislature and the Nassau County P.B. A.

Narcan, also known as naloxone, offers immediate help for anyone overdosing from an opiate such as heroin or a prescription painkiller such as OxyContin. If given in time, Narcan can reverse an overdose by restoring breathing.

Heroin has killed over 144 individuals on Long Island in 2013, This number is a record high for  the region.Heroin rose in both Suffolk and Nassau County last year. The drug, has caused 38 overdose deaths in Suffolk County in 2010, killed 100 people in 2013, In Nassau, where heroin has contributed to 23 overdose deaths in 2010, 44 individuals have died of heroin overdoses in 2013.

***VISUALS*** Demonstration of the use Nacan, that was made by the Nassau County Police and EMS that assisted them in saving the life of local residents

Monday, October 20, 2014
1:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building
1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola, NY.