New Expanded Venue - Plainedge High School to Serve as Host
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that a free “Road to Recovery” Drug Treatment Summit and Resource Fair will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 6-9pm at Plainedge High School, located at 241 Wyngate Drive in North Massapequa. The evening includes information from medical professionals on the newest medication-supported treatment program for heroin, pain pill and alcohol addiction. Doctors, psychiatrists, addictions professionals, individuals in recovery from addiction and their family members, and members of the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) will be on hand to answer questions about the Road to Recovery.
“There is no miracle cure for addiction,” said County Executive Mangano. “The miracle lies in the people who have overcome their drug dependency to achieve sobriety. Extended-Release Naltrexone can help those miracles happen. I invite residents to attend this free event and learn more about our new drug and alcohol treatment program known as ‘A Shot at Life’.”
Nassau County’s Opiate Treatment Program – located on the grounds of Nassau University Medical Center - became the first facility in the state last year to offer the ‘Shot at Life’ – a new, extended release injection known as Vivitrol ®. Vivitrol ®is a once a month injection, administered by a doctor – which along with counseling, assists users in recovery from addiction. Vivitrol ® is covered by most insurers, Medicaid and Medicare. It is non-narcotic, non-addictive and cannot be abused or diverted. The FDA approved Naltrexone in 2006 to treat alcohol dependency and then in 2010 to prevent relapse to Opiate addiction.
Since launching the ‘Shot at Life’ program in February 2015, the number of treatment facilities that offer Vivitrol ® in Nassau - and residents who are on Naltrexone - has more than tripled. The November 17th forum will begin at 6pm with a free Naloxone training for residents. There will also be a resource fair with representatives from treatment agencies in Nassau that offer Naltrexone. Plainedge School District has consistently served as an active supporter of Nassau County’s drug abuse prevention efforts.
To RSVP, please visit http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/shotatlife or call (516) 571-6105.