Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano hosted a free “Road to Recovery” Drug Treatment Summit and Resource Fair on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Plainedge High School. The event included 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) were on hand to answer questions about the Road to Recovery.
“I want to thank everyone for attending this event in order to learn more about the ‘A Shot at Life’ program,” said County Executive Mangano. “There is no miracle cure for addiction. The miracle lies in the people who have overcome their drug dependency to achieve sobriety. Extended-Release Naltrexone can help those miracles happen.”
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.
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.