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This year the total number of deaths by drug overdose in the US dropped for the first time since 1990.  That’s because the number of deaths by prescription opioid painkillers also dropped. But fatal ODs linked to fentanyl and methamphetamine are on the rise.  What’s being done in our region to stop this trend?

Opioid Overdoses Fall On Long Island

Jul 11, 2019
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Fatal opioid overdoses dropped nearly 25 percent in Suffolk County from 2017 to 2018.

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York wants federal sanctions against Chinese companies that manufacture fentanyl in an effort to dismantle Long Island’s opioid trade.

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A New York State judge ruled this week that various similar lawsuits that all seek reimbursement for costs associated with the opioid epidemic will move forward.

Opioid Crisis Fuels Sex Trafficking On Long Island

Jun 11, 2019
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Authorities say the opioid epidemic has created a new problem on Long Island. The drug crisis makes it easy for gangs and drug dealers to make money from sex trafficking.