Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves, County Legislator Steve Rhoads and State Senator Michael Venditto will co-host a free Overdose Prevention Seminar at Martin Avenue Elementary School, located at 2616 Martin Avenue in Bellmore, in the All-Purpose Room, on Wednesday, June 8th from 7pm - 9pm.
“This free Overdose Prevention Seminar will help save lives and keep families whole,” said County Executive Mangano. “Residents will learn how to reverse the effects of a potentially fatal Heroin or pain pill overdose and obtain information on a new and effective treatment program designed to prevent a relapse.”
Attendees will learn how and when to administer Naloxone - the Opiate overdose antidote - and learn the warning signs of drug addiction, treatment options, personal stories of recovery and more. Residents will also 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 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 35 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 the age of 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. 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.
Pre-register online at www.nassaucountyny.gov/overdosetraining or visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/overdose .