Murray, NUMC to Educate Public on Dangers, Warning Signs of Heroin Abuse During Recovery Resource & Referral Program

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Nassau University Medical Center are teaming up to declare that in the battle against heroin, there is both “hope and help” available. Supervisor Murray and NUMC officials are inviting parents, friends and family, as well as those suffering from addiction, to an informative Hope & Help Heroin Recovery Resource & Referral Program at the medical center on Tuesday, October 20th from 7 to 9 PM. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with professionals from an array of drug counseling and recovery organizations in attendance, hear inspiring testimony from recovering addicts and health professionals, and receive informative materials.

“Fatal heroin overdoses have skyrocketed by more than 100 percent in just one year’s time,” stated Supervisor Murray. “Education, prevention and early intervention are important steps that we as a community can take to combat this heroin epidemic. I am proud to partner with the Nassau University Medical Center and a number of drug counseling and assistance organizations to bring these excellent programs and services to Nassau County residents.”

“NUMC has the only Inpatient Chemical Dependency Program in Nassau County. Kate Murray has a plan to effectively fight the war on drugs and has taken the initiative to contact us and work collaboratively with us to address the serious heroin problem in Nassau County. Her cooperative approach involves chemical dependency treatment providers, law enforcement, health professionals, drug addicted individuals and their families. Her leadership on this issue is helping to keep Nassau County safe. I commend her for her leadership and comprehensive plan,” said Warren D. Zysman LCSW-R, CASAC, Trustee and Chairman of the Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Committee of the Board of Directors of NUMC & CEO of ACI Chemical Dependency Treatment Centers.

“What we can’t do alone we can do together!” added Richard Davis, a recovering heroin addict with 38 years clean, who is one of the featured guest speakers. Davis has worked tirelessly in his efforts to help suffering addicts and their families.  

The event will be attended by a number of top-notch organizations, including the  Nassau University Medical Center detox and chemical rehabilitation units, ACI Chemical Dependency Treatment Center, Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, Mercy Hospital Association, Oceanside Counseling Center, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Samaritan Village, Long Island Teen Challenge, Long Island Jewish Project Outreach, Hispanic Counseling Center, the Roosevelt Ed Alcohol Counseling Treatment Center (REACT), Confide Counseling Center, South Shore Child Guidance Association, the Five Towns Community Center CODA Program and H.E.L.P. Services Inc.

Supervisor Murray has been on the front lines in the war against heroin in Nassau County. She recently called for the creation of a countywide heroin task force within the county’s police department, focused on removing dealers from our streets. Murray’s proposal was endorsed by top law enforcement agencies, including the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, the Nassau County Police Department Detectives Association, the Nassau County Superior Officers Association, and ACI Drug Treatment Services. Murray and the Hempstead Town Board also increased town funding for local drug treatment and intervention facilities by the Hempstead Town Board. What’s more, the town is developing a Narcan training program for its public safety officers to help treat people who have overdosed.

The Hope & Help Heroin Recovery Resource & Referral Program will be held in the ground floor auditorium of Nassau University Medical Center, located at 2201 Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow.

“We hope that residents take advantage of this free and educational Heroin Recovery Resource & Referral Program,” concluded Murray. “Together, we can beat heroin.”