LOHUD: ROUNDTABLE ON HEROIN, OPIOID ADDICTION IN CARMEL
State Sen. Greg Ball will host a Homeland Security Drug Crisis Roundtable in conjunction with the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Paladin Center Tactical Training Facility in Carmel.
Immediately following the roundtable, the Harm Reduction Coalition will provide overdose prevention training. The training, which meets New York state Department of Health requirements, includes recognition of opioid overdose, administration of intranasal Narcan, and steps to take until EMS arrives. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and an emergency resuscitation kit that includes Narcan.
Ball was recently named a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The bipartisan task force is chaired by Senator Phil Boyle (R-C-I, Suffolk County), chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Members will examine the issues and solicit input from experts and others about addiction prevention and treatment options, the rise in heroin and opioid use, and the potential for drug-related crimes and other negative community impacts. The task force will then develop recommendations which will be used to draft legislation to address the issues raised.
Boyle, State Sen. David Carlucci, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith, members of the Drug Crisis in Our Backyard Community Action Organization and others will also participate in the roundtable.