Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, along with District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Nassau’s Heroin Prevention Task Force, will be hosting a conference on May 11th, entitled “Building Your Toolbox for Drug Prevention.” The workshop, held at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage, will help school districts create and implement effective drug prevention programs.
The May 11th conference will also address strengthening existing drug prevention programs; help develop community partnerships to address the issue; foster communication within a district, and encourage the sharing of ideas and resources among school districts to maximize efforts and results.
County Executive Edward P. Mangano, District Attorney Kathleen Rice, treatment providers, and local schools recognize that this isn’t just a state or a nation-wide problem; it’s happening here in Nassau County and it’s everyone’s problem. In Nassau, approximately 3 people are dying each week from abusing prescription drugs or heroin. The journey, however, often begins when children in middle school experiment with alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. It is a pathway that can be altered with information, education and resources.
“It’s critical that we get drug prevention and education information to schools, parents and the community so that we are all partners in this fight to save lives,” said County Executive Mangano.
“We have all come together to strengthen our resources and our communities, by getting the word out through schools,” said District Attorney Rice.
The statistics are startling. Approximately 4.5 million American children, aged 12 and older, reported abusing prescription drugs; while 1 in 3 teens report having a close friend who abuses prescription pain relievers to get high. Meanwhile only a third of teens in the state learn about the risk of drugs from their parents.
Henry L. Grishman, past president of both the County and State Council of School Superintendents and a member of the Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task force, said he “strongly urges each district to attend this important activity.”
Tours of the Homeland Security Center will be available after the workshop.