Opioid Overdoses Fall On Long Island

Jul 11, 2019

Fatal opioid overdoses dropped nearly 25 percent in Suffolk County from 2017 to 2018.

The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office reported 100 fewer deaths in 2018 than in the previous year.

These numbers do not include almost 100 suspected overdose deaths in 2018 that have not been classified by the medical examiner.

County officials attribute the decrease in deaths to the increased availability of Naloxone, an overdose-reversal drug. Other factors include increased enforcement, education and prevention programs.

Meanwhile, in Nassau County a newly released report shows the number of opioid overdoses fell 20 percent from last year.

Nassau officials suggest the drop in overdoses also resulted from the strategy of increased education and enforcement, as well as treatment. 

The County gave $585,000 to Maryhaven’s New Hope Crisis Center three years ago to give opioid users access to treatment, 24 hours a day.

Since 2018, more than 2,200 people have received addiction treatment at the crisis center.