Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano will join with hundreds of residents at a “Hands & Hearts Against Heroin Addiction” program on the eve of Valentine’s Day, Monday, February 13th at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola. The program will unite residents with members of the local substance abuse treatment and advocacy community in the fight against heroin and prescription drug addiction. The dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building will be illuminated in red in remembrance of those that have been lost to addiction, and as a sign of hope for those suffering from the disease.
“As Valentine’s Day nears, we hold our loved ones especially close. Together, we will remember those who lost the battle with drug addiction, and we will reignite our pledge to do all that we can to keep families whole and stop the scourge of opiate-related deaths,” said County Executive Mangano.
A Resource Fair at 6:30pm will offer attendees an opportunity to gather information about various treatment agencies and other advocacy groups. The official program will begin at 7:00pm, featuring genuine stories of hope and recovery and information on access to addiction treatment programs. Friends and family members who lost loved ones to the disease of addiction are invited to bring photos of them to attach to red hearts that will be given out at the ceremony. The program will conclude with a Dome Lighting.
Partnering with County Executive Mangano on this program are: Families in Support of Treatment (F.I.S.T.); Long Island Recovery Association (LIRA); Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (LICADD); and the Nassau Alliance for Addiction Services (NAFAS).