Dangers of vaping, opioid overdose prevention seminar

The Town of Oyster Bay will be holding a free awareness seminar on Tuesday, August 23rd, at the Massapequa Elks Lodge #2162 beginning at 7  p.m. The seminar will outline the dangers of vaping and opioid overdose prevention education, and free Narcan training will be provided. This event is being held in partnership with Massapequa Takes Action Coalition, Massapequa Elks Lodge and YES Community Counseling Center.

“We thank these great organizations for their ongoing efforts to help address the ongoing opioid crisis on Long Island and are pleased to support them wherever we can” said Town Councilman Steve Labriola. “We partner with them and local levels of law enforcement to help spread awareness, learn warning signs of drug addiction and gather information on available treatment options. This seminar provides a great opportunity to learn how to safely and effectively reverse the fatal effects of an opioid overdose by administering a life-saving antidote, a skill we all hope we never have to use.”

This seminar is being offered for families and concerned community members who want to take action to learn about the dangers of vaping, as well as prevent opioid overdose. The overdose reversal agent known as Narcan is administered through a nasal spray, and will be provided free of charge at the seminar by YES Community Counseling Center to those who complete the training. Under New York State law, residents can administer Narcan in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability.

Residents interested in attending can register by visit the Massapequa Takes Action Coalition at www.mtacoalition.com, or by calling (516) 398-6245. The seminar will take place at the Massapequa Elks Lodge #2162, located at 2162 Veterans Blvd in Massapequa.

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