Farmingville, NY - On January 22, Supervisor Ed Romaine (center right) welcomed Suffolk County Department of Health Services Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken, M.D. (center left) and the participants at the HEALing Communities Study meeting held at Brookhaven Town Hall. The study aims to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 40 percent over three years in 67 communities across four states by using a set of proven prevention and treatment interventions. The Helping to End Addiction Long-Term Initiative, is an effort by the National Institutes of Health to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis.Supervisor Romaine said, “The opioid crisis does not discriminate, affecting young and old from every walk of life. The Town’s Youth Bureau provides important services and counselling to those in need and I am happy that they are participating in this very important program to help save lives.”Recently, Suffolk County learned it would be in the first group of counites to participate in the study in New York. The project is focusing on the Town of Brookhaven and what is learned in our community will be spread throughout the county, state and around the country. To learn more about the HEALing Communities Study, visit the National Institute of Health website. Visit our Youth Bureau Web page or call 631-451-8011 to learn more about the services provided by the Town’s Division of Youth Services.
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