Nassau County Hosts Addiction Treatment Event, November 17

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A free educational forum and resource fair is scheduled for Thursday, November 17, 6:00–9:00 p.m. at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, where the newest medication-supported treatment program for opiate and alcohol addiction will be discussed by medical professionals. Doctors, psychiatrists, addictions professionals, individuals in recovery from addiction and their family members, and members of the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) will be on hand to discuss this program.

“A Shot at Life” combines a once-a-month, extended-release injection of a medication called Naltrexone with counseling. Naltrexone is covered by most insurers, Medicaid, and Medicare. It is non-narcotic, non-addictive, and cannot be abused or diverted. The FDA approved Naltrexone in 2006 to treat alcohol dependency and then in 2010 to prevent relapse to opiate addiction.

Since the launching of the Shot at Life program in February 2015, the number of treatment facilities that offer Naltrexone in Nassau—and residents who are on Naltrexone—has more than tripled. The November 17 forum will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a free Naltrexone training for residents. There will also be a resource fair with representatives from most of the treatment agencies in Nassau that offer Naltrexone.

To RSVP, visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/shotatlife or call 516-571-6105.

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