Eastern Long Island’s weekly newspapers have joined together to form the East End News Project for the purpose of reporting and writing stories about one of the most important issues of the day: opioid abuse and overdose deaths in our communities. READ
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.
Although the large-scale prescription pill ring allegedly operated by Riverhead physician assistant Michael Troyan was not the biggest the county has seen in recent years, it underscores a troubling fact: In the ongoing opioid crisis, Suffolk is disproportionately affected. READ