Heroin, opioid panel held at Northwell Health [NEWS12LI]

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An educational panel discussion was held in Manhasset Tuesday on the best practices for dealing with the current heroin and opioid epidemic that has gripped many families on Long Island.

The session was hosted by state Sen. Elaine Phillips (R-7th District) and Northwell Health.

Steve Chassman, LCSW, CASAC (Email), the director of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, called the panel “very informative.”

“That is how you turn the corner on this devastating health care epidemic. Everyone pitches in and shares resources and hopefully puts an end to this health care crisis,” said Chassman.

According to the panel, the number of deaths from opioid use reached 600 on Long Island in 2017.

Chassman pointed out that Massapequa and the Town of Brookhaven have been hotspots for the crisis, but “no community has been immune to this.”

Some of the topics discussed by the panel included the use of vaping by teens, the lethal synthetic drug fentanyl and mandatory drug education in schools.

The group also discussed Narcan training to counteract an opioid overdose. Chassman told News 12 that training is available through LICADD’s facilities.

For more than 60 years, LICADD has successfully delivered evidence-based programs designed to prevent and treat substance abuse and addiction. LICADD offers crisis intervention, screenings, brief interventions, referrals to treatment and several family and parent education workshops to help Long Islanders struggling with the effects of addiction. Through our Open Arms, EAP Program, LICADD has provided targeted solution-focused support to companies all along the East Coast, serving over 60,000 employees and their families.

LICADD is Long Island’s premier non-profit agency providing life-saving alcohol and drug prevention and intervention services to at-risk children, individuals, and families across the region. With offices in Mineola, Holbrook and Riverhead, LICADD conducts evidence-based prevention programs, community outreach initiatives, and a mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents and public policy advocacy.

For more information please call (516) 747-2606 or visit us on the web at www.licadd.org and Facebook and Instagram.

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