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Northeast Queens residents will have the opportunity to learn more about what they can do to combat the opioid crisis at a seminar in Douglaston next week.

On May 12, Councilman Paul Vallone will host an opioid overdose prevention seminar at the Community Church of Douglaston, located at 39-50 Douglaston Pkwy. The session is free and will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Participants will have to opportunity to become a certified opioid overdose responder, interact with health agencies and learn about clinic referrals from a group of experts. They will also be provided with a free overdose rescue kit containing naloxone — a drug used to reverse opioid overdose.

According to a report published last year by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force, heroin overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in New York State. In all, approximately 1.4 million New Yorkers suffer from a substance use disorder.

According to recent city data, more than 1,000 people in New York City died in a drug overdose which involved an opioid in 2016 — the highest year on record. In Queens, 83 residents overdosed on some form of heroin in 2015, compared with 53 in 2012, an Epi Data Brief published last August reported.

The event is in partnership with the NYC Department of Health, The Douglaston Local Development Corporation, The Community Church of Douglaston and HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services. Interested residents can RSVP on Facebook.

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