A federal task force has been created to tackle the opioid crisis in New York State, home to some of the nation’s highest overdose rates, and it will be stationed on Long Island, according to a press release issued Friday by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s office.
To get a sense of just how potent the synthetic opioid fentanyl is, DEA special agent Erin Mulvey explained that one dose is the size of a grain of salt. Now picture two grains of salt, she continued: “You can overdose on that.”
A Southold man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs and resisting arrest, Southold Town police said. READ
A North Fork native — a “good kid” and an accomplished athlete, said Mattituck High School principal Shawn Petretti — played lacrosse at the high school level and went on to play for a college out of state.
When he left New York, though, he ran into a college culture of painkiller drug abuse that was inescapable, recalled Mr. Petretti Monday night.
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As people continued to file into the main room at the American Legion hall in Mattituck, chairs were pulled out of closets and taken from against the wall to accommodate the large turnout.
Paul Maffetone’s mission emerged from a burning need to share his pain. READ
One of the biggest obstacles in the battle against drug addiction is the availability of treatment for individuals already in the throes of it. While that’s a struggle in most places, it rings particularly true on the North Fork.
Residents hoping to buy Narcan at local CVS stores will have to wait a little longer. READ
A scene from early in the first season of the acclaimed HBO series “The Wire” dealt with Baltimore’s drug trade and how the system — including law enforcement, schools, government and the media — had failed that city.
A detective on the show makes an offhand comment about how they’re fighting the “war on drugs.”
“You can’t even call this a war,” his partner responds. “Wars end.” READ