In a bid to combat the rising tide of opioid abuse and addiction in our area, the Criminal Justice department at St. Joseph’s University, New York’s Long Island Campus hosted an informative seminar entitled “One Pill Can Kill – The Prescription Drug Crisis” on Nov. 8.
The event’s speaker, Special Agent Charles Bernard of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Central Islip office, spoke in depth about the dangers posed by opioids and synthetic drugs.
“Special Agent Bernard discussed the special lethality of illicit and adulterated opioids, including fentanyl and carfentanil,” Assistant Professor Jason Ostrowe, Ph.D. said.
“He discussed the distribution mechanisms of synthetic opioids into and throughout the United States and described the DEA’s enforcement activities across Long Island designed to combat the unlawful distribution of these narcotics,” he added.
Special Agent Bernard is a 31-year DEA veteran and has spread prescription-drug awareness at colleges, high schools and other organizations in the area for the past 10 years.
Ostrowe said the event was well-received, and the attendees now feel “they better understand the vastness and lethality of the opioid crisis.”