Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano is continuing to combat the heroin epidemic and save lives by joining with the Village of Lynbrook and Link Counseling Center—a division of Long Beach Reach outpatient counseling center—to host a free Overdose Prevention Seminar on Wednesday, June 28th from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Lynbrook Library, 56 Eldert Street. The seminar will educate residents about the current trends and dangers of drug use, how to recognize and prevent drug abuse and related deaths, and how to save the life of someone overdosing on heroin or pain pills. Opioid abuse resulted in the deaths of at least 190 residents in 2016. Lynbrook lost at least 5 residents to overdoses last year – and a total of 18 residents since 2012.
“This free Heroin Overdose Prevention Seminar is just one part of my administration’s four-pronged approach to fighting this public health crisis – including education, awareness, enforcement and treatment,” said County Executive Mangano. “These trainings prevent drug-related deaths in our community, save residents lives and keep families whole.”
During the seminar, residents will be trained to administer Naloxone - the lifesaving antidote to a heroin overdose – and learn the warning signs of drug addiction, new and effective treatment options, personal stories of recovery, and more. Hundreds of residents were saved from overdoses by those trained to administer Naloxone, which 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 Naloxone training for more than 8,600 people, at approximately 170 seminars, since September 2012. At least 60 trainees have reported using that knowledge - and the Naloxone kit they were provided - to revive someone overdosing on heroin or painkillers, and save their lives. Naloxone is administered through a nasal spray, and is provided at no charge to trainees over the age of 18.
Social Work and OASAS Continuing Education Credits are available for the training, as the Nassau County Office of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency - and the Mental Health Association of Nassau County - is recognized by the NYS Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.
All residents are welcome to attend, but seating is limited. To attend the two-hour seminar provided by the Nassau County Department of Human Services, please RSVP at www.nassaucountyny.gov/overdosetraining For dates and locations of additional Overdose Prevention Seminars, visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/overdose.