Opioid Addiction on Long Island: Evidence-based lessons on curbing the epidemic

Evidence-based lessons of opioid addiction can save a generation of Long Islanders. Addiction is a biological phenomenon, and those afflicted should have access to the same kind of medical and professional treatments offered for most modern day illnesses. National Institute of Health researchers have discovered that addiction hijacks, rewires, and destroys key brain regions that help us distinguish pleasure from danger.

Expert panelists discussed ways, supported by science, to prevent and slow the current opioid epidemic gripping Long Island.

Panelists included:

Following the panel presentation, SALI offered a NARCAN™ training and administration, given by Robert Delagi, Director of EMS & Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Suffolk County.

The forum is supported by: Congressman Thomas Suozzi, Congressman Peter King, Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino, and the following Nassau and Suffolk County legislators: C. William Gaylor III, Richard Nicollelo, Ellen Birnbaum, Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Arnold Drucker, Joshua Lafazan, Steven Flotteron, and DuWayne Gregory.

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