LupinacciAssemblyman Chad A. Lupinacci was recently invited by the Huntington Union Free School District to guest teach students in grades 7 through 12 about the dangers of heroin and opioid abuse. Lupinacci visited Huntington High School and Finley Middle School for three school days, where he taught alongside health educators Mr. Agnello, Ms. Kidd and Mr. Watts.


“I was so pleased to join the students of the Huntington School District to discuss the dangers of heroin and opioid use and abuse,” Lupinacci said. “I was impressed, as the students were already well versed in the damages that drugs can do to your physical, mental and emotional health. They were deeply interested in the role of New York State and what was being done to stop heroin use, which is a testament to how serious these students take this epidemic sweeping Suffolk County and Long Island,” Lupinacci continued.


In highlighting the dangers of this epidemic and the means to curb it, Lupinacci engaged in dialogue to teach students to not only “say no,” but also discuss how drug use affects families, friends and the community at-large.


“I am sorry to report that 2016 was a record year for heroin and opioid related deaths in Suffolk County. It is no secret that it has taken its toll here in Huntington.  If starting the conversation at an early age can impact a young life and direct a single child away from drugs, than these class discussions were a success,” Lupinacci said.


This completes the first stage of Lupinacci’s “Drug free January” initiative, which will continue on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. The day will include a NARCAN Training Session and “Shed the Meds” event at South Huntington Public Library.


“It was truly a pleasure speaking with these schoolchildren. If their engagement and enthusiasm in class is any indication, many of them will join the crusade to end drug use throughout Suffolk County and Long Island,” Lupinacci said.


More information on the NARCAN Training Session and “Shed the Meds” event is available on Assemblyman Lupinacci’s Facebook Page, and on Twitter @ChadLupinacci.


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