In an effort to help save lives and combat the Heroin epidemic after officials said 180 Nassau residents died from heroin and prescription painkillers last year, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, state Senator Michael Venditto and state Assemblyman Brian Curran are partnering with the Freeport Memorial Library to host a free Overdose Prevention Seminar on Wednesday, March 30, from 7-9 p.m. at the library, which is located at 144 West Merrick Road.
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, 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 Mangano. “These free Overdose Prevention Seminars continue to help save lives and keep families whole.”
Narcan has been used by paramedics and emergency room doctors for decades to save lives. A 2006 state law allows citizens to administer Narcan in an attempt to save a life without fear of liability. Nassau officials said the county has already provided Narcan training for about 6,200 people since 2012. At least two dozen trainees have used that knowledge and the Narcan kit they were provided 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.
Social Work and OASAS Continuing Education Credits are available for the training, as the Nassau County Office of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency – and the Mental Health Association of Nassau County – are recognized by the state Education Department's State Board for Social Work as a provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.
Seating is limited. To attend the two-hour workshop, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional Overdose Prevention Seminars, visit Nassaucountyny.gov/overdose.