New York State Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino will be holding a press conference on Wednesday, December 21 in Massapequa to discuss the launching of his new Drug Awareness Tool and Resource Guide, available for families, parents, medical professionals and community organizations. Assemblyman Saladino will join with the areas elected officials, drug rehab experts and families who have lost a loved one to announce this breakthrough and to remind parents that the holidays are an ideal time to talk with their children about the dangers of experimenting with heroin and prescription drugs. The creation of the program comes in the wake of numerous cases of heroin overdose and prescription drug abuse in the 12th Assembly District.
“A few years ago, it would have been unthinkable to associate a Long Island community with prescription drug and heroin abuse,” said Assemblyman Saladino. “Unfortunately, these cases are growing more prevalent, and parents, the community and medical professionals must be fully informed and armed with the proper information to counter in-home drug abuse cases.”
WHO: Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino
WHAT: Introducing a Parental Tool Kit and Resource Guide and Holiday Safety Reminder
WHERE: YES Community Counseling Center, 75 Grand Avenue, Massapequa, NY 11758
WHEN: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 11 a.m.
The purpose of the program is to highlight information on prescription drugs, abuse and addiction, and where individuals can get help for themselves or for their loved ones. Parental use of this tool kit has been deemed by the experts to help in the fight to protect our children’s lives.
Assemblyman Saladino is the chairman of the newly-created Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse Relief Task Force, consisting of local community organizations with expertise in drug abuse, addiction and rehabilitation.
“This is an important tool that parents, community organizations, and even medical professionals can use to help halt the crisis that is occurring in our very homes,” said Assemblyman Saladino.
At the press conference, the group will speak about legislation they would like to see passed in an effort to combat the problem. One of the prominent bills would create a real-time database for doctors and pharmacists alike.