Chelsea IrizarryOct 12, 2017, 10:05 pmOct 13, 2017, 12:25 pm

First on FiOS1: Nassau prepping new ad campaign in the fight against opioid addiction

County officials are taking new steps to battle the drug epidemic on Long Island


Jessica McNamara is a Ronkonkoma resident who overcame the odds by beating opioid addiction.

"I would just wake up, and think 'What am I going to do, what am I going to do to get high today?'" McNamara said.

Having begun using Oxycodone at just 15 years old, it took eight visits to rehab and countless instances of Narcan saving her life to get where she is today, two-and-a-half years clean and going to college to become a drug counselor.

But now, McNamara and Nassau County want those impacted by addiction to know that they are not alone, and the county is taking new steps to battle the epidemic.

"The county is here to help," said Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas. "There are organizations that can help them; at their darkest hour they can pick up the phone or get online and there is help for them."

Singas says that too many lives have been cut short as a result of the opioid crisis, and one of their efforts includes a new PSA. The ad is just one of the many ways the District Attorney's office is looking to combat addiction, according to Singas.

"We are all about helping people beat the addiction, we want to make sure the demand isn't there so we can tackle the supply," Singas said.

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