Officials: Heroin epidemic only getting worse

Heroin is an epidemic on Long Island that News 12 has been covering for years.

There is more awareness of the problem than ever before, but officials say it is only getting worse.

News 12 Long Island's Christine Insinga spoke with Tatiana Green. Green says she was constantly in and out of detox rehab and jail between the ages of 17 and 21 because of the drug.

"You feel no pain. It's like you can do anything, like superwoman. I guess that's why they call it heroin right? But that's the illusion of it," says Green.

County records show that the number of heroin deaths has more doubled in Nassau County and nearly tripled in Suffolk County since 2010.

Police in both counties have stepped up enforcement efforts, but say there needs to be more education to discourage young people from using deadly drugs in the first place.

Green is now four years clean and running her own drug counseling business. 

sorry to interrupt
your first 5 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 5 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."