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Long Island Drug Overdoses Grew Over The Pandemic

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Fatal drug overdoses on Long Island have increased during the pandemic.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran’s office said there were over 300 fatal overdoses last year, an increase of 34%.

Suffolk County had close to 400 overdoses and an almost 12% increase.

Steve Chassman with the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, blames the stresses of the pandemic for a spike in usage.

He says the situation was made worse by COVID-19 restrictions placed on treatment programs.

Officials say deaths were caused primarily by the opioid fentanyl.