Chelsea IrizarryOct 12, 2017, 10:47 pm

Adelphi University panel discusses Long Island's opioid crisis

Speakers participating in the panel discussed proactive steps that can be taken to combat the epidemic

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Adelphi University hosted the "Smacked by the Storm" panel on Thursday night, with speakers and attendees discussing how Long Island can recover from its opioid crisis.

"We've allowed a disease to be uncontrollable in this country," said Linda Ventura, of the Thomas' Hope Foundation, which she began after losing her son to a heroin overdose.

The panel was divided into three sections: Prevention, treatment and recovery.

Among the evening's keynote speakers was Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.

"The reach of this epidemic in Nasssau County is truly staggering," Singas said. "I haven't seen anything like it. It goes east to west, north to south, it doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman, what color you are or age you are."

Other solutions discussed at the panel included involving families in the treatment and recovery process, and empowering children to say no.

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