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Press release Jan. 14, 2019Contact: Connie Conway(631) 702-1743
In an effort to warn the public of the dangers of Fentanyl, a synthetic Opioid, the Southampton Town Opioid Addiction and Recovery Committee has enlisted the help of the 5 East End Town Police Chiefs to produce a Public Service Announcement to air on local government channels and be used in schools and other community groups.
The PSA will be produced-pro-bono by American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc. in Holbrook, NY. “American Portfolios is steadfastly committed to corporate social responsibility,” states Lon T. Dolber, CEO and President of the Independent broker/dealer that services financial advisors across the United States. “We strive to offer our assistance and support to reach people in need.”
The PSA will feature former News 12 Anchor Drew Scott who lost his 22 year old granddaughter to Opioid Addiction. Several students will take part in the PSA to warn their peers that they could die on the very first try.
“It’s a powerful message that we think we need to emphasize with young people and parents,” said Scott.
The Public Service Announcement is just one of the recommendations to be implemented by the Town from the Southampton Town Opioid Addiction Task Force report last June. The Town is also launching a new website, another recommendation made by the Task Force. The new website can be found at www.findhelpsouthampton.com .
“This is a terrific site to help anyone looking for resources to end the cycle of addiction,” said Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “We were fortunate last year that the death rate from opioid drugs declined from 19 in 2017 to 6 in 2018. But just one death is one too many,” said Schneiderman.