Program Unites Residents Against Addiction

 The “Hands & Hearts Against Heroin Addiction” program hosted in Mineola last week drew hundreds of residents.

The “Hands & Hearts Against Heroin Addiction” program hosted in Mineola last week drew hundreds of residents.

The dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola was illuminated in red on the eve of Valentine’s Day in remembrance of those lost to addiction, and as a sign of hope for those suffering from the disease.

Hundreds of residents – and Nassau Executive Edward Mangano; his wife, Linda; and Presiding Officer of the Nassau Legislature Norma Gonsalves – attended the “Hands & Hearts Against Heroin Addiction” program that united residents with members of the local substance abuse treatment and advocacy community in the fight against heroin and prescription drug addiction.

“This Valentine’s Day, we hold our loved ones especially close. Together, we will remember those who lost the battle with drug addiction, and we will reignite our pledge to do all that we can to keep families whole and stop the scourge of opiate-related deaths,” Mangano said.

The event included a resource fair, which offered attendees an opportunity to gather information about various treatment agencies and other advocacy groups. The program featured stories of hope and recovery and information on access to addiction treatment programs. Friends and family members who lost loved ones to the disease of addiction were invited to bring photos of them to attach to red hearts, which were given out at the ceremony.

Families in Support of Treatment; Long Island Recovery Association; Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence; and the Nassau Alliance for Addiction Services partnered with Mangano on the program.