By Eden Laikin
Days after two young Long Beach residents died from apparent Heroin overdoses, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Legislator Denise Ford joined with the seaside community to discuss ways to fight the scourge.
Mangano and Ford immediately scheduled a free public training at the Long Beach library for March 20, where residents can learn to save the life of someone overdosing on Heroin or prescription pain pills. The lifesaving antidote, which can reverse the fatal effects of an Opioid overdose, on the body, is called Narcan. It’s simply administered by a nasal spray, to those who complete the 90-minute training. Trainees over age 18 receive a free nasal Narcan kit.
A Mangano aide also spoke to more than 50 concerned Long Beach residents who gathered at the Bishop Molloy Rec Center in Point Lookout on Saturday, Feb 22, about a brand new initiative to strengthen drug abuse prevention and education in schools. The presentation would include a social worker to discuss the mental illness that can cause sufferers to self-medicate with un-prescribed or illegal drugs.
To rsvp for the Long Beach Narcan training, or any of the other upcoming trainings listed below, email email@example.com or call 516-571-6105.
All Trainings are 7pm-9pm
March 10 St. Joseph’s Hospital, 4295 Hempstead Turnpike, Bethpage
March 20 Long Beach Public Library, 111 W Park Ave, Long Beach
March 24 Brookside School Auditorium, 1260 Meadowbrook Road, North Merrick
April 2 East Rockaway HS, 443 Ocean Avenue, East Rockaway