Senator Phillips Hosts Panel Discussion On Heroin And Opiod Addiction


As a member of the Senate Heroin and Opioid Addiction Task Force, Senator Elaine Phillips (R-Manhasset) will be holding a Panel discussion on Wednesday, July 19 in Mineola to discuss the ongoing epidemic of heroin abuse on Long Island.  The Task Force is holding hearings around the state to continue efforts to combat the widespread problem.


“The heroin and opioid epidemic is destroying lives. We must continue giving law enforcement and treatment providers stronger tools and additional resources to deal with this crisis,” said Senator Phillips. “Earlier this year the Senate passed legislation that builds upon the progress we’ve made, but we must continue our aggressive fight to keep up with the needs of those trapped in this epidemic.”

There has been a dramatic increase in heroin and opioid-based drug use on Long Island with Nassau and Suffolk topping the list of county-wide deaths in New York.

“Heroin and opioid addiction continues to be the highest growing epidemic in our nation. We are losing the battle and communities all across Long Island have stories of the devastation this addiction leaves in its wake,” said Senator Phillips.  “Senators George Amedore and Chris Jacobs, Co-Chairmen of the Task Force, as well as community leaders, law enforcement, health care professionals, parents and victims will discuss how we can come together as a community to identify the programs and tools needed to prevent further senseless deaths.”

Details of the event are as follows:

Date:               Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Time:              3:30 P.M. Registration

4:00 – 6:00 P.M. Panel Discussion

Location:         NYU Winthrop Hospital Research & Academic Center

Address:         101 Mineola Boulevard, Mineola, New York

For further details, please call 516-746-5924 or email




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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Port Washington News, special features including the Business Quarterly column, Manhasset Magazine, Pride In Port, Port Washington News, Port Gift Guide and other special sections. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community newspaper" several years in a row.


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