Overdose Prevention Seminar Next Week

An overdose prevention seminar is being held at Floral Park High School on Wednesday, May 11.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Legislator Vincent Muscarella have partnered with the Floral Park Police Department and the Floral Park Memorial High School to the free seminar, which will run 7-9 p.m. at the 210 Locust St. high school.

Residents will learn how to administer Naloxone – a lifesaving antidote that can reverse the fatal effects of an Opiate overdose. They will also 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,” Mangano stated. “These free Overdose Prevention Seminars continue to help save lives and keep families whole.”

At least 200 Nassau residents died from heroin and prescription painkillers in 2015. Hundreds more were saved from overdoses by those trained to administer Naloxone. Naloxone has been used by paramedics and emergency room doctors for decades, to save lives. But a little known 2006 state law allows citizens to administer Naloxone in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability. County has already provided Naloxone training for more than 6,200 people since 2012. At least 30 trainees have reported using that knowledge, and the Naloxone kit they were given, to revive someone overdosing on Heroin or painkillers. Naloxone is administered through a nasal spray, and is provided at no charge to trainees over the age of 18.

“We must do all that we can to help the families and loved ones of those suffering with addiction,” Muscarella stated. “Please attend this important event.”

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 – is recognized by the state Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.

To attend the two-hour workshop ,  RSVP to elaikin@nassaucountyny.gov. For a list of additional seminars, visit Nassaucountyny.gov/overdose.