Less Opioid Overdose Deaths on Long Island in 2018
In 2017 an estimated 1.7 million Americans suffered from substance abuse problems related to opiate pain relievers. An additional 652,000 battled with heroin use disorder. If those numbers were not terrifying enough, the deaths tolls that have resulted from America’s Opioid Crisis are staggering. In 2017, Americans lost 47,600 people to opiate-related deaths. This includes prescription painkillers, street drugs like heroin, and synthetic opiates such as fentanyl. These numbers are just for the year 2017. No one knows this epidemic better than the residents of Long Island, New York, and the surrounding areas.
Over the past 9 years, Long Island residents watched the number of overdoses and deaths rise while few people knew what to do to help. In 2010, more than 223 people died from opioids. By 2017, just 7 years later, that number was at its peak of 614. Somewhere in the midst of it all, community members started taking action. Parents who buried their children started asking questions and local law enforcement started taking notes. At one point Suffolk County had the highest number of overdose deaths that involved heroin and prescription drugs. Something had to change.
Fatal Opioid Overdoses on Long Island
On March 1st, 2018, Nassau County launched “Operation Natalie” name after 18-year-old Natalie Ciappa who lost her battle with heroin addiction in a friends garage. The program implements the five-prong approach using Awareness, Enforcement, Education, Diversion, and Treatment. By targeting areas in Nassau County that have a high level of overdose calls as well as theft, they used their aggressive campaign tactics where they were needed the most.
Suffolk County continued to utilize their TASC diversion program. By giving treatment alternatives in lieu of jail times and continuing to follow up care with each individual the success rate grew. In 2018 Nassau and Suffolk County saw a 21% drop in fatal opioid overdoses from the previous year. Although New Yorkers are no strangers to the opioid epidemic that is sweeping our nation, Long Islanders have felt a huge impact with the numbers. At one point Suffolk County had the highest number of overdose deaths that involved heroin and prescription opiates. The tide is starting to turn, along with assistance from addiction resource centers like Long Island Interventions, we are here to help families affected by addiction.
About Long Island Interventions
We’ve helped countless individuals and families that are affected by drug addiction and alcoholism across the New York area. Many people who develop a substance use disorder find it very difficult to stop using without professional help. If you or someone you know is looking for a detox, drug rehab, intervention, or outpatient drug rehab, our addiction resource center can help.
Long Island Interventions provides an opportunity for those struggling with substance abuse to recover safely. We believe in Long Island drug treatment programs that are solution-focused and evidence-based and our recovery advocates have decades of combined experience.