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Gonsalves Announces Certification of Nassau County to Administer Drug Prevention Program

Nassau County is the first county in the state to be certified to administer an Overdose Drug and Prevention Program.

Legis. Norma Gonsalves, R-East Meadow, recently announced that Nassau County has become the first county in New York State to have been granted certification to administer an Overdose Drug Prevention Program from the New York State Department of Health. 

The state certification allows the county to train employees and family members of at risk individuals in administering overdose reversal agents, known as Narcan or naloxone, to people who have ingested large amounts of narcotics and who are in a life threatening situation.

“I am extremely pleased that the Nassau County Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities has been granted this certification to operate an Opioid Overdose Program,” Gonsalves said.

Overdose reversal agents are prescription medicines that reverse an overdose by blocking heroin or other opioids in the brain for 30 to 90 minutes.  As part of the state certification, Nassau County will be provided with the agents at no cost to residents. 

This week, substance abuse organizations, governmental officials and at risk family members, will be eligible for training in administering the overdose reversal agents.

“We have lost too many of our sons and daughters to drug overdoses that could have been prevented," Gonsalves said.  "Hopefully, this certification will be another resource to assist us with protecting our communities.”

Do you think the program will be beneficial to East Meadow and the rest of  Nassau County? Tell us in the comments below.

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Helen Meittinis September 16, 2012 at 04:31 PM
The key is Legislator Gonsalves has reached out to our community with vital information. Communication is welcoming to many of our friends & neighbors who suffer the fear that their child will die of an overdose. These parents are living a life of hell and the unknown fact is where & when this nightmare will occur. Most overdose deaths happen in the beds of their own homes when paramedics such as Scott are called to the scene. I repeat....most, not all. However, any and all information afforded to those who need this and also to those who do not is quite frankly.....education. It can only lead to saving some lives that would normally expire. As a community leader and a proponent of drug education to all, I applaud the steps taken by the county to advance forward in this very sad and rampant problem.
Helen Meittinis September 16, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Many drug programs that have been presented especially the dynamic ones that Leg. Gonsalves has brought to us, have been poorly attended at times. Not My Child is one of them, which is presented by the N.C. District Attorney's office. Parents have reached out to me over the years that wanted this type of program. Then when it it is brought to us, I am shocked that those are the very people who do not show up. I think everyone who needs it now or perhaps for the future, should be informed. So much of this we do not know although we THINK we do. I too have been amazed at some of the information provided. This is a great step in the right direction to save lives and families. Thank you East Meadow Patch for being the conduit that delivered the good news to us. And finally, thank you Nassau County for having the good sense to put us on the forefront of overdose drug prevention. Helen Meittinis
paul September 16, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Still many more questions........ What is the responsibility of the family member etc who may administer the Narcan? Hospital, 911, and possibly an arrest as it should be if it is applicable... Is it an election year? Just asking.....
David September 18, 2012 at 07:23 AM
Why do you all keep bothering to respond to this person? This is what he always does. Questions EVERYTHING and when he is not questioning, he's complaining and complaining more. Then when all else fails, he asks if it's an election year. He will never be satisfied with your responses. Look at his history on the Patch. At least he hasn't insulted you yet. Give him time.
paul September 18, 2012 at 09:53 PM
To David: Just to educate you a bit and it is not an insult against you unless you deem it so, it is called creative writing witha bit of wisdom. Perhaps you do not not see it that way but all I am doing is asking a question. Tell me why a question is not good??? I know you don't have the answer now do you... Perhaps you need some more education on the art of asking a question. Sit back take notes and someday you may be somebody.....

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