Longwood Presents The Ugly Truth of Drug Addiction

Longwood Presents The Ugly Truth of Drug Addiction
Posted on 03/28/2018
Longwood Presents The Ugly Truth of Drug AddictionOn Monday, March 26, Longwood Schools in partnership with the Suffolk County Police Department presented “The Ugly Truth” a program geared to educate communities on the dangers of heroin and prescription drugs.

“Currently, 12 people die weekly from overdoses associated with the opioid epidemic,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael R. Lonergan. “The valuable knowledge gained from this program will better prepare parents in keeping their children safe and drug-free. I am pleased that this event was well attended by parents, students, faculty, and staff, as well as our Board of Education and Central Administration. We are grateful that the Longwood community cares so deeply about our students.” 

During the presentation, representatives from the Suffolk County Police Community Relations Bureau explained how the drug is administered, articulated the many warning signs that may be displayed by an addict, the residual effects of prolonged use, and where to get help for a loved one in need.

The program also featured a presentation by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner who spoke of current trends and demographics of addicts. The E.M.T. Unit provided an overview and training of Narcan, which can reverse an overdose by blocking the effects of opioids.

At the conclusion of the program, participants were trained to administer Narcan and were provided with kits to take home. Additionally, numerous mental health and substance abuse agencies offered support and resources to attendees.

Coordinated by the District’s Safety Awareness Committee, the event was a testament to the effect that heroin and opioid use is having on communities throughout Suffolk County.
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