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Lafazan outlines step-by-step plan to combat opioid crisis


On Thursday, Josh Lafazan, a Democrat from Syosset, held his first press conference as legislator of the 18th district. He announced that bi-partisan support was achieved to hold hearings on combating the opioid crisis.

“Through my conversations with Republican Legislator Steve Rhoads, Minority Leader [Kevan] Abrahams and my colleagues Debra Mulé, Ellen Birnbaum, and Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, there is finally bi-partisan support for conducting hearings throughout Nassau County on this epidemic,” Lafazan said.

The legislator presented a five-point plan outlining his proposed legislative and policy programs to aid in the eradication of opioid use and abuse in Nassau County:

• A 24-hour addiction assessment center

• A 24-hour addiction crisis hotline

• Sober dormitories at all Nassau County colleges

• NARCAN administration training for every Nassau County employee

• A recovery center to mirror Suffolk County’s THRIVE Center

Lafazan said that after gathering information from different experts and agencies, he hopes to submit a legislative action plan by this summer.

More on this story to follow.