Opioid Addiction in Long Island 2018

Law enforcement, health officials, and local politicians hope to put a dent in the opioid addiction crisis across Long Island in 2018. Authorities in Suffolk and Nassau counties are being aggressive in the fight against drug dealers that sling poison (heroin, fentanyl, and prescription pain pills) to children in our communities. The justice system in Long Island has taken a significant step in addressing the opioid addiction by punishing dealers who sell drugs that lead to fatal overdoses.

In November of 2017, James Fava, 29, of Ronkonkoma became the first drug dealer in the state to be convicted of manslaughter for killing an innocent addict with the drugs he sold. This is a great first step in fighting the root causes of the problem so that opioids can stay off the streets of Long Island. In 2018 overdose deaths may still rise as they have done for the last few years, but a proactive approach is a step in the right direction.

For example, the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has taken on a leadership role in helping addicts and alcoholics that need assistance by counseling them to voluntarily enter treatment. Sometimes they have nowhere to turn but are ready to turn a new leaf and that’s where we step in as well. At Long Island Interventions, our recovery advocates are uniquely positioned to fight the Long Island opioid addiction crisis in 2018 and throughout the coming years.

We have a mobile crisis team that is ready to assist families of addicted loved ones along with certified drug interventionists that offer reputable addiction resources to Long Island residents. To put things in perspective, from 2015 to 2016, the number of fentanyl-related deaths in Nassau County has nearly tripled – from 31 to 81. This trend is not showing any signs of slowing down that is why direct action and awareness is crucial. Fentanyl is replacing heroin on the street and it poses a great danger because it’s up to 50 times more powerful than traditional heroin.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with an opioid addiction in Long Island, contact our addiction professionals for a confidential assessment. Let’s work together in rebuilding your life, one day at a time.

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