New Prevention Efforts Launched in Wake of Prescription Drug Epidemic
In the wake of recent tragedies related to the prescription drug abuse throughout Long Island — including last week's fatal shooting in Seaford — Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and the Nassau County Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Prevention Task Force announced Monday a prescription drug aversion campaign to assist pharmacists — often the last line of defense between the drug and the user and those often in the most danger from desperate drug seekers.
This week, Mangano will be sending letters to all licensed pharmacists in Nassau County, containing tips for pharmacists' safety and listing treatment resources for drug addicts seeking recovery. Among the red flags for pharmacists, Mangano noted, are prescription holders who offer to pay cash or who are strangers to the pharmacy, present an address from outside the area and only request Narcotics.
In the his letter, Mangano wrote:
While I fully understand that you have customers who have real pain and a legitimate need for prescription painkillers, others are simply suffering from prescription drug addiction and have become desperate to find ways to obtain drugs. Pharmacists can better protect themselves, prevent diversion and care for their patients through preventative measures that avert drug diversion.
The Nassau County Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Prevention Task Force, created last year after the Medford Pharmacy tragedy, consists of officials from the areas of treatment, recovery, law enforcement, pharmaceutical, medical, mental health and social services. The group is charged with crafting recommendations for Mangano to execute on the county level, as well as legislative initiatives for the State Legislature’s consideration. Recommendations will be presented to Mangano by the end of February.
Mangano Meets With Schumer to Protect Local Drug Stores
Mangano joined U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer Wednesday as he called for a new, three-pronged approach to protecting local drug stores from the growing problem of pharmacy theft, due to the increased addiction of prescription pain killers like Oxycotin nationwide. Schumer’s plan requires the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to issue guidelines and best practices to help local pharmacies establish better security measures for the protection of prescription narcotics and to act as a deterrent to would-be robbers.
Additionally, the plan calls on the DEA to share information the agency collects on pharmaceutical theft and crime with local law enforcement, to allow the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Assistance (HIDTA) task force to create an accessible database to help identify trends and patterns related to prescription drug crime in the region. Schumer’s proposal also calls for increasing the maximum sentence for pharmacy robberies and their related crimes to 20 years, per offense.
NCPD Marine Bureau to Conduct NYS Boating Safety Course
Mangano and Police Commissioner Thomas V. Dale announced Tuesday that the NCPD's Marine Bureau will be conducting the New York State certified Boating Safety Course for residents of Nassau.
The eight-hour course will be scheduled on two consecutive four-hour sessions on the following dates:
- Saturday and Sunday Jan. 28–29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday Feb. 25–26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday March 10–11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday March 24–25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Courses will be held at the Nassau County Police Academy located at 200 Second
Ave. in Massapequa Park. In order to obtain a safety certificate, registrants must
attend both four-hour sessions.
You must hold a safety certificate if:
- You operate a personal watercraft and are at least 14 years of age. You wish to operate a motorboat (including personal watercraft) and you are at least 10 years old and less than 18 years old.
- If you are at least 10 years old, you may operate a motorboat (non-personal watercraft) only if someone over 18 or someone between the ages of 10 and 18, who holds a safety certificate, is on board with you. Anyone may operate a personal watercraft if someone at least 18 years old is riding on the craft and they hold a safety certificate.
In addition to attending both four-hour sessions, registrants must pass a final exam to receive certification.
Registration is limited to 35 individuals each session. You can only register online.
County Launches Executive's Community Pass
The County Executive's wife, Linda Mangano, on Wednesday announced the new Nassau County Executive's Community Pass.
The pass allows Nassau County residents to purchase discounted tickets to Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream performances at the Nassau Coliseum on Jan. 6 for $10 a ticket on all originally priced $25-$35 seats.