Long Island Heroin Epidemic: 500 Overdose Deaths In 2016

Opioid overdoses continue to climb across Long Island as heroin is often tainted with stronger substances such as fentanyl and carfentanil. Nassau and Suffolk counties have recently released chilling statistics that show a record of almost 500 deaths directly caused by the Long Island heroin epidemic.

The Medical Examiner’s office has reported close to 500 overdose deaths in 2016 caused by opiates. This breaks down into 303 overdose deaths in Suffolk County and 190 fatalities in Nassau County. These numbers are the highest on record for both Long Island counties and show a disturbing trend.

Many of the deaths are tied to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. Fentanyl is up to 100 times more potent than traditional heroin making it a popular cutting agent in street heroin. The strength increase in the product sold to addicts comes with a rise in opioid overdose deaths across Long Island.

Awareness is being raised in response to the increase in opioid overdose deaths in Long Island. Law enforcement agencies in Suffolk and Nassau counties have taken a proactive approach to the Long Island heroin epidemic. Police departments are conducting large sweeps of drug-ridden areas and engaging in massive drug raids.

Touted as one of the largest drug busts in Long Island history, a heroin distribution ring was taken down in April by law enforcement agencies in Nassau County. This heroin ring was allegedly responsible for moving up to $50,000 worth of heroin every single week.

The Long Island heroin epidemic can most effectively be addressed with a four-point strategy:

  • Enforcement
  • Awareness
  • Education
  • Prevention

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recently declared a national opioid epidemic and the time is now to act and save the lives of addicts across Long Island. If you or a loved one are affected by opioid addiction, it’s crucial to reach out for help as soon as possible.

Many people who develop a substance use disorder find it very difficult to stop using without professional help. If you have decided to look for a detox, inpatient rehab, intervention, or outpatient program for yourself or a loved one, we are here to help you. Let’s begin the recovery process and create a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to fit your unique needs. Contact us for a free confidential assessment right now.

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