Long Island – WE NEED TO TALK:


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by, June 1, 2017, By Joaquin Cotler

“Sprawling 70 miles east of the five boroughs, Long Island’s Nassau and Suffolk counties are home to over 2.5 million people. Although opioid addiction was hardly a widespread health concern in suburban Long Island before 2005, this economically diverse stretch of communities is now the newest battlefield in New York’s war with opioids.

Prescription painkillers, which flooded the market in the early 2000s, paved the way for heroin and, more recently, the cheaper, deadlier synthetic fentanyl, which was involved in over 80 percent of overdose deaths in New York State. In Suffolk County specifically, the fentanyl-related death rate has quintupled since 2014. Doctors on Long Island found themselves ill-equipped to deal with the opioid epidemic that grew out of rampant overprescribing.”

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