Nassau task force urges action to combat LI drug epidemic

MINEOLA - A Nassau task force is working to curb the growing prescription drug abuse epidemic that's sweeping Long Island.Parents, police and doctors are all part of a Nassau task force that has just released a report on ways to fight the drug epidemic. They want to see increased public awareness campaigns, a school curriculum on painkiller drug abuse and insurance coverage for drug treatment.Nassau is also offering training to county employees and the general public in the use of an emergency medical kit that would contain Narcan, a drug that can counter the effect of opiates and prevent drug users from overdosing.Jeff Reynolds, of the Long Island Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, says this is a move that will save lives. But Reynolds is also calling on the state to increase funding for drug treatment centers. Task force members all agree that the prescription drug epidemic is a crisis that must be dealt with.

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