FREE Fentanyl & Carfentanil Awareness Course

On November 8, 2017 I am hosting a FREE Fentanyl and Carfentanil Awareness Course – with optional Narcan training – for all Suffolk County First Responders and medical staff, as well families of those struggling with substance abuse.

The heroin and opioid crisis has had a devastating impact on communities across this country. In New York State, overdose deaths involving opioids increased nearly 35 percent between 2015 and 2016. Fentanyl-related deaths increased at a much higher rate – nearly 160 percent statewide. And, as you may have seen in the media recently, officials are worried that carfentanil, a synthetic opioid – which is 5,000 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times stronger than fentanyl, may be making its way into New York.

My colleagues and I in the New York State Senate have always been at the forefront of our state’s efforts to prevent future tragedies and help countless lives rid themselves from the throes of heroin and opioid addiction. This year, the Senate secured a record-high level of funding – $214 million – in our State Budget to strengthen prevention, treatment, recovery, and education services across the state. This new funding will be crucial in providing law enforcement, health care professionals, and mental health experts throughout New York with the tools they need to save lives.

Our upcoming class will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Suffolk County Community College - Grant Campus’ Health, Sports, and Education Center on Crooked Hill Road in Brentwood, New York, and will be run by Keith Scott of the WellLife Network. Presentation topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Pharmacology and potency of fentanyl and carfentanil;
  • Police Officer/ First Responder exposure: How to prevent accidental exposure and how to spot signs and symptoms of exposure;
  • Alarming statistics and general information; and
  • Current drug trends and media coverage regarding synthetic opioids and counterfeit pills.

To register for a spot in this upcoming course, please call my District Office at 631-665-2311. 

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