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Letter: Heroin Prevention Task Force

(Police Chief Charles Gennario of the Rockville Centre Police Department, is a member of the Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force and submitted this letter on behalf of the Task Force.)

Prescription drug abuse in the nation is at an unparalleled height and it’s having a detrimental impact on our society.  Nassau County is no different than the rest of the country and we are seeing ever-increasing abuse in our communities.  It is affecting people of all ages, but is having the greatest impact on our youth.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, 2,500 people a day are becoming addicted to prescription drugs.  Opiates, such as Oxycodone, are the most abused. They give the user a euphoric feeling and a sense of relaxation. They rapidly become addictive and over time have a detrimental effect. They are being abused by high school and even middle school students.

These drugs are difficult for law enforcement personnel to combat. They can be obtained illegally “on the street,” or easily, from medicine cabinets in the homes of relatives and friends.

Adults who obtain these narcotics legally either from a surgery or injury, must be responsible for safeguarding the drugs. It may be necessary to keep them under lock and key, especially if you have teenagers. Your children or their friends have easy access to your medicine cabinet if it’s in the bathroom. It’s the only room in the house where you’re expected to close and lock the door for at least several minutes. If some pills are taken from a bottle in the medicine cabinet, you might never know. Once these prescribed meds are in the hands of someone other than the person to whom they were prescribed, they become illegal.

Our youth today are holding what are called “pharm” parties, where each guest brings whatever kind of prescription medication they can find at home, dumps it in a bowl, “phishes” one out and ingests it.  They do not know what they are taking, be it OxyContin, Xanax, Coumadin or anything else.  These drugs, when not prescribed to you by a doctor or when mixed with alcohol, can have a devastating effect.

All of us need to go home and clean out our medicine cabinets of any unused or expired medication and dispose of it properly. All pills can be brought to drop boxes recently installed at all eight police precincts. Any remaining meds should be kept somewhere safe, and locked.

Don’t be your child’s first drug supplier.

Charles  Gennario

Chief Rockville Centre PD

NC Heroin Prevention Task Force Member

News

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


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