On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Longwood Central School District in partnership with the Suffolk County Police Department, presented “The Ugly Truth” a program geared to educating the community on the dangers of heroin and prescription drugs.
“The knowledge gained from this informative program better prepares our parents in keeping their children safe and drug-free,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Lonergan. “I am so pleased that this event was attended by more than 300 parents, students, faculty, and staff, as well as our Board of Education and Central Administration. Many individuals watched the presentation via live-streaming on the district website. We are grateful that this large turnout demonstrates how deeply the Longwood community cares about our students.”
Coordinated by Longwood’s Safety Awareness Committee, the event was a testament to the effect that heroin and opioid use is having on communities throughout Suffolk County. During the seminar, representatives from the Suffolk County Police Community Relations Bureau explained how the drug is used, and the various slang terms that are used surrounding its use. The Suffolk County Police Department recommended the immediate disposal of unneeded or unused opioid pills, often prescribed following a significant injury or operation.
At the conclusion of the program, participants were trained to administer Narcan, which can reverse an overdose by blocking the effects of opioids. Narcan kits were available for families to take home. Additionally, numerous mental health and substance abuse agencies were available to provide support and resources to attendees.
“In my experience, the Longwood School District has always been ahead of the curve,” said Executive Director and Founder of Hope House Ministries Father Frank Pizzarelli. “Going back thirty years ago in terms of the things they do for students who have special needs, not just educational needs but emotional and social needs as well. To see 300 people here tonight is more than impressive.”
Pictured: A Suffolk County Police Officer trains community members on the intranasal administration of Narcan.