Submission by Floral Park Police Office Sgt Will Doherty.
On Wednesday, July 19, the New York State Senate Heroin and Opioid Addiction Task Force held a public hearing at NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola. The hearing was aimed at discussing the Heroin and Opioid drug abuse epidemic facing Long Island.
As a member of the New York State Senate Heroin and Opioid Addiction Task Force, Senator Elaine Phillips chaired a panel discussion with two of the task force's co-chairs: Senator Christopher Jacobs and Senator George A. Amedore, Jr.
Floral Park Police Department Sgt. William Doherty and Police Officer John Groshans were invited to present testimony during the hearing because of their efforts to provide Heroin and Opioid abuse education, awareness and deterrence programs locally. They, along with the Nassau County Acting Police Commissioner Patrick J. Ryder and the Nassau Police Department school resource officer were among approximately 20 members of the panel, which also included physicians, nurses and treatment professionals.
Sgt. Doherty and Police Officer Groshans testified about the progress of the Floral Park Police Department Opioid Overdose Prevention Program, school-based programs, outreach and the need for education and deterrence programs to start at the youngest of ages.
Sgt. Doherty and Police Officer Groshans were honored to participate in this state-wide task force and will continue to press forward with their initiatives to end the scourge of opioid use, abuse and addiction.
Locally, the Floral Park Police Department Opioid Overdose Prevention Program will be co-hosting an Opioid use and abuse seminar and training in the Fall with Senator Elaine Phillips. More information about this event will be forthcoming.