On Monday, February 6, 2017 at 6:30 P.M. Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming in conjunction with County Executive Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Department of Health Services, Westhampton Town Police, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, HUGS, Inc., Thomas’ Hope, and Westhampton Beach Fire Department will be hosting a NARCAN training session and prescription drug disposal at the Westhampton Beach Firehouse, located at 92 Sunset Avenue, Westhampton Beach. The event was organized by Legislator Fleming in an effort to inform the community and bring awareness to the heroin and opiate epidemic in Suffolk County, which has become a serious public health threat to our young people.
Opioid addiction and overdose have reached epidemic levels. On March 22, 2016 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognized opioid abuse as a public health crisis that has had profound impact on individuals, families and communities across our county.
Heroin and prescription opioids are the leading cause of deaths among young people, with more than 300 heroin related deaths in Suffolk County between 2009 and 2013. It is the most of any county in the State of New York. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Injury Prevention & Control: Opioid Overdose, Understanding the Epidemic, from 2000 to 2014 nearly half a million people died from prescription opioid overdose, with about seventy- eight Americans dying every day from an opioid related overdose.
The NARCAN class will begin with a presentation by Linda Ventura, Founder of Thomas’ Hope Foundation. Thomas’ Hope Foundation is dedicated to promoting drug addiction awareness, prevention, and achieving victory for those seeking sobriety through education, advocacy and research and treatment.
Her presentation will be followed by an informational presentation by Alana Urbont- Marino, Senior Prevention Educator of Human Understanding Growth Seminar (HUGS, Inc.) , which is a not for profit community based youth organization that provides educational and recreational programs for middle and high school youth. HUGS Inc. facilitates conferences, workshops and educational programs with emphasis on drug and alcohol prevention leadership training.
The last section of the class will be the presentation and training by Suffolk County Deputy Sheriff Brian Grazidei. During the presentation Deputy Sheriff Grazidei will talk about signs, patterns and methods used by addicts, and how to detect and identify if your child or loved one is using. After the presentation he will go through the steps of how to administer the NARCAN antidote, and the correct dosage to give a person suspected of
an opioid overdose.
All training participants 16 years and older will be given a NARCAN rescue kit with the antidote after completion of the class. Space is limited to 50 so those interested are encouraged sign immediately!
The Westhampton Beach Police will also be present to take back any unwanted opioids you have in your home or other pharmaceuticals.
RSVP by calling Legislator Fleming’s office at 631-852-8400 or by emailing Paul.Brady@suffolkcountyny.gov