Posted on: July 16, 2015

Mangano Offers Free Lifesaving Overdose Prevention Seminars Countywide

To help save lives and combat the Heroin epidemic, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced a series of free Overdose Prevention Seminars to take place in Island Park, East Meadow, Plainview, Glen Head, Long Beach and Wantagh – from August through October.
“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 Overdose Prevention Seminars continue to help save lives and keep families whole.”Residents will learn how to administer the lifesaving antidote known as Narcan and reverse the fatal effects of an Opiate overdose. Attendees will also learn the warning signs of drug addiction, available treatment options, personal stories of recovery, and more.
A 2006 State law allows ordinary citizens to administer Narcan in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability. Nassau County has already provided Narcan training for more than 4,300 people since 2012. Dozens of trainees have used that knowledge - and their free Narcan kit - to revive someone overdosing on Heroin or painkillers, and save their lives. Narcan is administered through a nasal spray, and is provided at no charge to trainees over the age of 18.This training is provided by the Nassau County Department of Human Services, through the Behavioral Health Awareness Campaign. Trainees are eligible for 2 CASAC credit hours, upon request. No prior medical experience is necessary to participate in the training. All trainees will receive a certificate of completion. Anyone can attend, but seating is limited. Residents MUST pre-register either by emailing elaikin@nassaucountyny.gov or by calling (516) 571-6105.

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