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Letter: Public should learn more about heroin

It's critically important that those suffering from addiction

It's critically important that those suffering from addiction become aware of treatment, which includes medication to treat withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Credit: Getty Images

As a social work student at LIU Post, I was disappointed in “A lifesaver is assaulted,” about a fire chief who said a neighbor attacked him after he revived the man from an apparent heroin overdose [News, April 7]. The article focused on an isolated violent incident that rarely occurs after Narcan is used to stop an opioid overdose.

Knowing that some people can become violent after receiving Narcan could deter people from getting trained and administering the drug.

I’ve had the opportunity to work as an intern at substance abuse agencies and to work with individuals who were saved with Narcan. Many are grateful, because when using drugs, they are not trying to die, but are trying to live without the pain the substances ease.

I strongly believe that the community needs to be educated on substance abuse to comprehend the depth of the heroin epidemic on Long Island.

Meaghan Lammers, Port Washington