Southampton Town Announces Second Opioid Candle Light Vigil

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Community members attended a candlelight vigil at Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays in May 2018 to remember those lost to the opioid crisis. Michael Heller photo

Southampton Town officials announced this week that its Opioid and Recovery Committee will sponsor its second annual Candle Light Vigil to remember those lost to an opioid epidemic still plaguing Suffolk County residents including community members in Southampton. The vigil will be held on Mother’s Day eve — Saturday, May 11 — from 7 to 9 p.m. at Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays.

“While the number of deaths have declined since we first started the Opioid Task Force in 2017, the number of Narcan saves are up, which indicates we still have a problem,” said Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, referring to one of the brands of naloxone, which can be used to reverse an opioid overdose. “We have had only one death so far this year, but that’s still one death too many. Gather with us and light a candle to remember those lost.”

The vigil will offer residents an opportunity to speak about a loved one impacted by the crisis. To add your name to the speaker’s list, email cconway@southamptontownny.gov.

Town officials also announced this week it will sponsor a parent roundtable on addiction warning signs and what parents can do to prevent the misuse of opioids, alcohol and vaping among local youth. The roundtable will be held on Tuesday, May 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Greek Orthodox Church in Southampton.

Presenters will include Kym Laube, from Human Understanding and Growth Services (HUGS), and a Southampton Town Police Department representative who will offer parents tips about indicators of use. A demonstration of how to administer Narcan will also be offered and parents will be given resource kits.

“This is a great opportunity for parents of students of all age levels from all of our schools to come together to learn more about preventing youth substance abuse,” said Southampton Youth Bureau Director Nancy Lynott, co-chair of the Southampton Town Opioid Addiction and Recovery Committee.  “We have had public forums before for the general public, for the medical community and for young people, but this is the first forum designed just for parents.  We hope this gives them the tools they need to keep children and the youth in our community safe from dangerous substance use behaviors.”

Dinner will be included in the forum, and reservations are required by emailing cconway@southamptontownny.gov.

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