MANGANO ANNOUNCES DECREASE IN OVERDOSE DEATHS IN NASSAU COUNTY

By Eden Laikin

Mineola, NY –  Nassau officials announced today that the number of drug overdose deaths in Nassau County has begun to decrease, while the numbers throughout NYS and across the nation continue to rise faster than ever. Mangano also said that 13% more people were saved with Naloxone (Narcan) this year over last year. Even as the powerful synthetic opioid, Fentanyl, and its newly discovered analogues, are blamed for more and more deaths every day, Nassau County saw 6 fewer residents die from overdoses between January and September 2017, compared to the same 9-month period in 2016.

Unintentional drug overdose deaths in Manhattan are up 46% citywide. Suffolk County, at last report, had the most deaths per capita of any county in New York State.

Advocates believe that Nassau County’s positive downturn is due, in part, to its aggressive training program in the use of Narcan for its residents to save the life of someone overdosing on opioids. More than 9,700 “civilians” have been trained to administer Narcan since Nassau became a state certified Overdose Responder program in September 2012. All of Nassau’s first responders are also trained. Each participant in the free training received a Narcan kit, courtesy of the NYS Health Department.

Statistics from the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s Office show that 137 people in the County died from overdoses between January and September 2016, and 131 during that same time period in 2017—a 4.5% decrease. Meanwhile, Nassau police and other first responders, and civilians we’ve trained, together saved 13% more people from potentially fatal overdoses with Narcan, from the first 10 months of 2016 to the same time this year. 311 lives were saved from January through October 2016, and 353 between January and October 2017.

For all of 2016, Nassau saw a total of 195 opioid overdose deaths, according to the medical examiner, while Suffolk County reported more than 330 opioid deaths. Nearly half of the opioid-related deaths on Long Island were caused by Fentanyl or one of its analogues, statistics show. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this year that Fentanyl is helping to make the nation’s current drug epidemic the deadliest in U.S. history.

 

 

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Mangano Announces Free Lifesaving Heroin Overdose Prevention Seminar in Great Neck

Mineola, NY –  Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, and County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum will join with COPAY Inc. treatment center and Great Neck Public Schools to invite residents to attend a free Overdose Prevention Workshop with Naloxone (Narcan) training – on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 from 4:30pm-6:30pm at Great Neck South High School, located at 341 Lakeville Road.

Attendees will be trained to administer Narcan, which can reverse the fatal effects of an overdose on heroin, or prescription meds such as oxycontin and vicodin. They’ll learn the warning signs of drug addiction, hear about new and effective treatment options, personal stories of recovery, and more. A free nasal Narcan kit is provided to each trainee.

“It’s not just heroin that’s causing the overdose deaths on Long Island each day—it’s also misuse and abuse of prescription pain pills – and people of all ages, ethnicities and social status are affected,” said County Executive Mangano. “Residents need to become educated about the disease of addiction, and can do so by attending our free workshop. I encourage everyone, 18 years of age and older, to take advantage of this opportunity that could save a loved one’s life and give them a chance at recovery.”

So far this year, at least 26 trainees used the Narcan they were given to save the life of someone overdosing on Heroin or prescription pain pills.  In all, Nassau has trained more than 9,300 civilians to administer the overdose antidote, since becoming state certified in Sept 2012. In addition to thousands of non-medically trained civilians, the County’s trainees include school nurses, athletic directors, pharmacists, auxiliary and probation officers, firefighters and 911 dispatch operators.

At least 195 Nassau residents died from opioid overdoses in 2016. Naloxone—the main ingredient in Narcan—has been used by paramedics and emergency room doctors for decades to save lives, but a 2006 State law allows citizens to administer Narcan in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability.

All residents are welcome to attend, but seating is limited. To attend the two-hour seminar provided by the Nassau County Department of Human Services, please RSVP at www.nassaucountyny.gov/overdosetraining

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Toys of Hope in Nassau

The Nassau County Police Department and the NCPD Explorers – in partnership with County Executive-Elect Laura Curran of Baldwin and Legislator Kevan Abrahams of Hempstead – traveled around the County this past weekend, distributing toys to children in economically disadvantaged areas.

The Toys of Hope Children’s Charity & American Giving Project Toy Parade held on Saturday, Dec 2, distributed more than 3,000 toys to children from Pre-K to 6th grade, in Roosevelt, Uniondale, Freeport and Baldwin.

Acting Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder joined the toy caravan, which featured a float carrying Santa with gifts. Police motorcycles and patrol cars led the parade, giving children and their families a chance to interact with the police, as it went to these four pre-selected locations, between the hours of 10am and 2:30pm:

Grace Church Cathedral in Uniondale;

Roosevelt HS/Middle School;

Bethel AME in Freeport;

First Church Baldwin.

In addition to receiving a toy, each child was given a voucher for a Long Island Nets basketball game, donated by the organization, which included representatives from International Warehouse Group, Pacific Link and Talay Rentals.

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Nassau County Hires New Police Recruits

          Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick J. Ryder announce the hiring of 67 new police recruits who will be sworn in at a ceremony tomorrow, Friday December 1, 2017 at 12:00p.m. at the Donald F. Kane Auditorium located at Police Headquarters, 1490 Franklin Ave., Mineola.

This new group of recruits will commence an intense 7-month training session before they begin patrolling the streets of Nassau County.

 

 

 

 

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Mangano Offers First Bilingual Lifesaving Heroin Overdose Prevention Seminar in Hempstead

By Eden Laikin

Mineola, NY –  Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, and the Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs, invite residents to attend the County’s first free Bilingual Overdose Prevention Workshop with Naloxone (Narcan) training, on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 from 10 am-12pm at the Hispanic Counseling Center, located at 344 Fulton Avenue in Hempstead. The training will be provided in English, and Spanish, by way of a translator using nationally-recognized translation equipment.

Attendees will be trained to administer Narcan, which can reverse the fatal effects of an overdose on heroin, or prescription meds such as oxycodone and vicodin. They’ll learn the warning signs of drug addiction, new and effective treatment options, personal stories of recovery, and more. A free nasal Narcan kit is provided to each trainee.

“We bring this special training in response to community requests to give Spanish speaking residents an opportunity to be trained and, a daytime event for those who’ve been unable to attend any of our evening trainings,” said County Executive Mangano. “Residents need to become educated about the disease of addiction, and can do so by attending our free workshop. I encourage everyone, 18 years of age and older, to take advantage of this opportunity that could save a loved one’s life and give them a chance at recovery.

So far this year, at least 24 trainees used the Narcan they were given to save the life of someone overdosing on Heroin or prescription pain pills.  In all, Nassau has trained more than 9,200 civilians to administer the overdose antidote, since becoming state certified in Sept 2012. In addition to thousands of non-medically trained civilians, the County’s trainees include school nurses, athletic directors, pharmacists, auxiliary and probation officers, firefighters and 911 dispatch operators.

At least 195 Nassau residents died from opioid overdoses in 2016. Naloxone—the main ingredient in Narcan—has been used by paramedics and emergency room doctors for decades to save lives, but a 2006 State law allows citizens to administer Narcan in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability.

All residents are welcome to attend, but seating is limited. To attend the two-hour seminar provided by the Nassau County Department of Human Services, please RSVP at www.nassaucountyny.gov/overdosetraining.

 

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Mangano Cites 8% Decrease in Overdose Deaths so far in 2017

By Eden Laikin

Nassau County has seen 8% fewer overdose deaths this year, over the same time last year – according to Police Department reports; those records also show an 8% increase in overdose reversals, or lives saved with Narcan, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced today.

As the nationwide opioid epidemic continues to devastate families and communities across the country, and the death tolls continue to rise, local advocates say that Nassau’s aggressive lifesaving efforts – namely its free Narcan training program – have begun to see a downturn.

Between January and October of 2016, police records of 911 calls show that 113 Nassau residents died from drug overdoses. As of October of this year, records show 104 fatal overdoses in the County. In at least 7 out of 10 cases, the victim overdosed at home.

Last year at this time, there were 311 overdose reversals –or lives saved with Narcan. This year, there were 353 saves in Nassau. Of the 353 lives saved in Nassau in 2017, police officers accounted for 123; police medics for 143; 24 by civilians, and 63 by outside ambulance and fire departments that reported the use of Narcan to Nassau County.

Nassau’s Office of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency became the first County agency in New York to be state-certified as an Overdose Responder Program, in September of 2012. Since then, county officials have trained more than 9,300 non-medically trained civilians – including family members of people with Substance Use Disorder, 911 operators, school officials and auxiliary police – to recognize an overdose and administer Narcan to reverse its potentially fatal effects. All Nassau patrol officers and police medics are trained and equipped with Narcan.

There will be 2 free public Narcan trainings in December. One at the Hispanic Counseling Center in Hempstead on Dec 8 from 10am-12 noon; and one at Great Neck South High School on Dec. 13 from 4:30pm-6:30pm. For more details on these or other trainings – or to sign up for either training – visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/overdosetraining.

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Mangano Invites All LI Residents to Learn About Nassau’s Newest Recovery Program

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano invites all Long Island residents to come and learn about Nassau’s newest and successful treatment program for those who are dependent on heroin or pain pills, by attending one of the County’s free weekly education and support groups. Those suffering from addiction, as well as their family members and friends, are welcome to attend the informational meeting which is held every Tuesday, from 7pm-9pm, at Saint Bernard’s Parish school, 3100 Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown, Room 206.

“I invite all Long Islanders to attend our Tuesday night meeting and hear from those currently on this medication-assisted treatment program. Come learn about this proven pathway to recovery,” said County Executive Mangano. “You can live a life free from opioids. Recovery is possible.”

Statistics indicate that 195 people died in Nassau last year from opioid overdoses. In 2017, as of July 15, 98 residents have died from an overdose of prescription and/or illegal drugs. The County’s program, called a ‘Shot at Life’ combines monthly injections of long acting Naltrexone—an opioid blocker—with substance abuse counseling or other treatment, for about 15 months.

Vivitrol—the brand-name of the non-narcotic, non-addictive shot—is administered by a healthcare professional, and therefore can’t be abused or diverted. It works by capping the brain’s opiate receptors for about 28 days, blocking the user’s high and reducing the cravings for opioids.  It’s FDA-approved for relapse prevention, is covered under most private insurance and Medicaid, and is available at more than a dozen substance abuse treatment agencies across the Island. Recipients should be willing to stop, and be opioid-free for 7-10 days, before receiving the initial shot or risk precipitated withdrawal.

The FDA first approved Vivitrol for alcohol dependence, in 2006, and was approved to prevent relapse to Opioid addiction in 2010. About 25 states currently use Vivitrol in their criminal justice systems, resulting in reduced recidivism and incarceration rates, and costly ER visits. Nassau’s Opioid Treatment Program, located in Building K on the grounds of Nassau University Medical Center, offers Vivitrol, Methadone and Suboxone treatment tracks – on an outpatient basis.

To be screened for possible admission into the County’s “Shot at Life” program, call the clinic’s intake number at 516-572-5801.

 

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