Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder today released statistics showing a significant uptick in deaths caused by cocaine, when used with other drugs like Heroin or Fentanyl, at a press conference at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola. The newly released data from the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office also showed that while fatal heroin overdoses have steadily declined since 2015, overdose deaths caused by the opioid Fentanyl or fentanyl analogues have nearly tripled. Mangano and Ryder were joined by parents who’ve lost children, in their 20s, to overdose – caused either by Fentanyl or a combination of Heroin & cocaine.“Education and awareness are key to battling this public health crisis,” said County Executive Mangano. “Overdose deaths continue to occur each year in nearly every Nassau community. Knowledge is power. Together, we can find solutions.”To kick off September as National Recovery Month, the officials also announced Nassau’s first ever Bi-county Recovery Health & Wellness Expo to be held tomorrow, Saturday Aug. 26, 2017 from 2pm-5pm at Field 8 in Eisenhower Park. County Executive Mangano said the goal of the expo is to provide one-stop shopping for all the information, help and resources one needs to find recovery for themselves or a loved one.“Attendees will have a rare opportunity tomorrow to speak with professionals and other representatives from both counties—substance abuse treatment facilities, self-help and family support groups, breakthrough new methods to treat opioid addiction, alternative drug-free therapies, musical performances, yoga and meditation demos and more,” said Mangano.As part of the County’s education & awareness campaign, officials also announced the creation and availability of three new informational pamphlets to help guide people to access help for a loved one or support for themselves. One – A Parent Guide to Accessing Help for An Adolescent – will be offered to all of Nassau’s 56 public school districts, as well as the County’s private or religious schools. The 2nd pamphlet - What to do after a Loved One survives an overdose – helps guide an individual to find support for themselves and help for their addicted loved one. Third, is a pamphlet to help navigate through the grief when a loved one dies of an overdose.