By Eden Laikin
Nassau County trainers this month taught more than 60 college students how to prevent a fatal overdose; and spoke to 2 dozen children about the lethal dangers of bowing to peer pressure and “experimenting” with drugs.
On Thursday, Aug 21, at the most recent event, Nassau Mental Health and Substance Abuse professional David Hymowitz trained the nursing students at Molloy College in Rockville Centre how to recognize an Opioid Overdose and administer Narcan to reverse its potentially fatal effects. Each trainee was given a free kit, containing Narcan, at the completion of the class.
On Saturday, Aug. 16, an aide to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and State Sen. Jack Martins – both outspoken advocates for drug abuse prevention efforts – took part in a panel discussion as part of a LI Youth Empowerment Day event at Eisenhower Park.
An audience of children and their parents were given information about the effects and consequences of taking drugs, including a personal account of a mother who lost a child to overdose less than 2 years after picking up a drug for the first time. The remainder of the empowerment event focused on the strengths and accomplishments of local children.