Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Tom Krumpter announced today that the Nassau County Police Department will host a “Too Good for Drugs” training initiative to assist Nassau County school officials in combatting the heroin epidemic. The free training is intended for teachers educating students in grades Kindergarten through 12th and will be held on October 26th and October 27th at The Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage.
“The heroin epidemic continues to claim the lives of young people and destroy families,” said County Executive Mangano. “My administration continues to offer education, awareness enforcement and treatment initiatives to combat drug abuse. The initiative helps educate children from a young age so that we can prevent senseless tragedies before our children are exposed to drugs.”
“Too Good for Drugs” (TGFD) is a school based prevention program that builds on students’ resiliency by teaching them how to be socially competent and autonomous problem solvers. TGFD K-8 has a separate, developmentally appropriate curriculum for each grade level, which include emotional competency skills, social and resistance skills, goal setting and decision making skills. TGFD from 9th through 12th grade is designed to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among students. Each curriculum builds on earlier grade levels, an instructional design which enables students to learn important skills sequentially and retain them year after year.
The “Too Good for Drugs” program is an evidenced program that has been widely recognized for its successes and is currently in over 3,000 school districts, substance abuse treatment agencies and community organizations in 50 states. The award-winning “Too Good for Drugs” program has undergone rigorous, independent evaluation studies to measure their effects on students’ skills, attitudes, intentions, and behaviors. Studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national evaluation conferences. These studies demonstrate the effectiveness of the “Too Good for Drugs” program.
Last year in Nassau County there were 782 overdoses, 91 of them fatal. Fatal heroin overdoses in Nassau County have more than doubled from 18 to 44. The heroin and opioid epidemic is not exclusive to Nassau County as it is a nationwide problem.
“Nassau County enjoys the lowest crime rate since statistics started being tracked in 1966,” said Acting Police Commissioner Tom Krumpter. “That said, it is difficult to find someone who does not know someone who has been impacted by heroin. That is why addressing this epidemic is one of the Nassau County Police Department’s top priorities. As of today every single police officer in Nassau County has been trained in the administration of Narcan, the lifesaving antidote that can reverse the fatal effects of an Opioid overdose. In addition, our department has many talented resources and personnel devoted to help combat this issue.”
Monday’s “Too Good for Drugs Training” is part of County Executive Mangano’s four prong approach to combatting the current heroin epidemic that is claiming the lives of many residents in Nassau. County Executive Mangano and Acting Commissioner Krumpter utilize Enforcement, Awareness, Education and Intervention.