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Labriola & Drug Free Long Island Host Overdose Awareness Ceremony

In recognition of National Overdose Awareness Day, the Oyster Bay Town Board, Drug Free Long Island, the Village of Massapequa Park, and Thomas’s Hope Foundation partnered to host an Overdose Memorial Service and Remembrance Ceremony. The families and friends of those lost to addiction gathered together to honor their loves ones and commit to building awareness of the opioid epidemic.

“We honor the loved ones who we have lost to addiction and overdose in the ongoing opioid epidemic,” Town Councilman Steve Labriola said. “We remember them as mothers, fathers, daughters, sons and friends. We remember their smiles, their laughs and the love we have for them. We cherish the time we had, and wish we had more of it.”

Councilman Labriola especially recognized Janice Talento, Chairwoman of Drug Free Long Island, for her tireless efforts to make a difference, and also discussed the Town’s efforts to save lives. Public Safety Officers and other employees are trained to administer the overdose reversal agent known as Narcan, and the Town hosts seminars for residents to learn the warning signs of drug addiction and obtain information on available treatment options. The Town also raises awareness through multiple initiatives, and works with police to take down dealers operating out of houses.

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