Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00
As the dog days of summer approach, Drug Free Massapequa (DFM) continues to stay active. It has three big events planned for July and August, with the latter two offering important advice for parents and young people as they continue to tackle the drug problem on Long Island.
The first event is a way for local residents and DFM members to enjoy a summer day at John J. Burns Park.
On Sunday, July 31, a fishing event will take place at that park, located on Merrick Road. Attendees will go fishing in a charter boat, either Captree or Freeport. The cost is $40.00 per person for both fishing and barbecue. There will be a fishing contest for both the longest fish and heaviest fish. The barbecue will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. with live music. The barbecue will include raffle baskets, the cost of which is six tickets for $20.00 and 25 tickets for $50.00.
On Tuesday, Aug. 9, a meeting will take place at Marjorie Post Park, starting at 7:30 p.m. Steve Chassman from the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) will talk on bullying, sexting and what your children need to know to have a successful childhood.
Finally, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, a Long Islanders Fighting an Epidemic – Overdose Prevention (LIFEOP) training class will be held at Marjorie Post Park, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Dr. Thomas F. Jan, DO and LICADD officials will train attendees on how to save the lives of children in an overdose state.
The highlight of the seminar is a free opioid overdose prevention training program. The program, DFM officials said, is open not just to health care professionals. It will also be offered to parents, educators and even students, at least those over 18 years old.
According to DFM officials, Opioid medications and heroin are currently being abused in “epidemic proportions” on Long Island. The one-hour lecture with a 20-minute presentation is designed to provide proper life saving training for those in the midst of an opioid overdose.
The training program, DFM officials added, will qualify participants in the correct administration of Narcan, the antidote for such overdoses.