Local Book Author to Discuss Loss of a Son to an Overdose
By Eden Laikin
Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, County Legislator Denise Ford and State Senator Todd Kaminsky will partner with Long Beach area PTAs, the Long Beach City Council and a coalition on underage drinking to offer a free Overdose Prevention Workshop, hosted by the Long Beach Police Department. The workshop will take place on Monday, May 23rd from 7pm-9pm at Long Beach City Hall, located on the 6th Floor of 1 West Chester Street.
“This free Overdose Prevention Seminar will help save lives and keep families whole,” said County Executive Mangano. “Together with the Heroin Prevention Task Force, we are combatting the heroin and pain pill epidemic through education, awareness, enforcement, and treatment initiatives.”
Attendees will learn how and when to administer Naloxone – the lifesaving antidote that can reverse the fatal effects of an Opiate overdose – and learn the warning signs of drug addiction, treatment options, personal stories of recovery and more. Long Beach resident Larry Glenz, who authored a book about losing his son Kevin to an opiate overdose will discuss his father/son relationship that withstood seven years of addiction, because love lead the way.
Residents will learn about Nassau’s newest medication-supported treatment program that combines counseling with a once a month extended-release injection of a medication called Naltrexone. For more information, visit http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/shotatlife.
At least one Long Islander dies, every day, from an Opiate overdose. Naloxone has been used by paramedics and emergency room doctors for decades, to save lives. A 2006 State law allows citizens to administer Naloxone in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability. Nassau County has provided overdose prevention training for nearly 6,500 people since 2012 and at least 32 trainees have used that knowledge – and the Naloxone they were provided – to revive someone overdosing on heroin or painkillers. Naloxone is administered through a nasal spray, and provided at no charge to trainees over 18.
Free Continuing Education Units for Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor attendees will be offered for the two hour workshop, provided by the Nassau County Department of Human Services. And, Nassau OHS, along with the Mental Health Association of Nassau County, are an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers, recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work.
Register today at http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/overdosetraining .