To help save lives and combat the heroin epidemic, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, State Assemblyman Brian Curran and State Senator Michael Venditto will host a free Heroin Overdose Prevention Seminar on Monday, August 15, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Public Library, located at 2385 Grand Avenue. Residents will learn how to administer Naloxone – the lifesaving antidote that can reverse the fatal effects of an Opiate overdose. They will also learn the warning signs of drug addiction, treatment options, personal stories of recovery, and more. The Baldwin Public Library is co-sponsoring the event.
“Through education, awareness enforcement and treatment, my administration and the Heroin Prevention Task Force are diligently combatting heroin and opioid abuse throughout Nassau,” said County Executive Mangano. “These free Heroin Overdose Prevention Seminars have helped residents save lives and keep families whole.”
“I am honored to partner with County Executive Mangano and bring these free Heroin Overdose Prevention Seminars directly to each and every community. These seminars help save lives and keep awareness of this deadly plague on our society on the forefront of priorities. Heroin kills, and these seminars are vital in our communities. My sincere thank you to our County Executive,” added State Assemblyman Brian Curran.
At least 200 Nassau residents died from heroin and prescription painkillers in 2015. Hundreds more were saved from overdoses by those trained to administer Naloxone. Naloxone has been used by paramedics and emergency room doctors for decades, to save lives. But a little known 2006 State law allows citizens to administer Naloxone in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability. Nassau County has already provided Naloxone training for more than 6,750 people since 2012. At least 37 trainees have reported using that knowledge – and the Naloxone kit they were given – to revive someone overdosing on Heroin or painkillers, and save their lives. Naloxone is administered through a nasal spray, and is provided at no charge to trainees over the age of 18.
Social Work and OASAS Continuing Education Credits are available for the training, as the Nassau County Office of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency – and the Mental Health Association of Nassau County – is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.
All residents are welcome to attend. Seating is limited. To attend the two-hour workshop provided by the Nassau County Department of Human Services, please RSVP at http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/overdosetraining. For dates and locations of additional Overdose Prevention Seminars, visit http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/overdose.