Series at a Glance - Heroin: Addicted on Long Island

It's more powerful and deadly than ever. And now it's also cheap: One bag costs less than a pack of cigarettes.

Heroin has developed a frightening grip on Long Island's youth in a way not seen for decades.

Beginning Monday, Sept. 22 News 12 Long Island and Newsday will present a week long multi-media investigative report: Heroin: Addicted on Long Island.

The project will take a 360-degree look at the growing epidemic of heroin addiction. It includes stories of "good kids" sucked in by the drug, heartbroken families, the struggle to recover, law enforcement challenges, and how dealers are exploiting the web and social media. The coverage will also examine resource and policy issues, such as the scarcity of detox beds and health insurance companies that deny coverage for treatment.

Every night, victims, experts and activists will go "live" from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the News 12 Long Island Facebook page to share insights and answer questions from Long Islanders. The coverage will also feature "Heroin Diaries"---a series of uncut interviews with victims, parents and loved ones describing the scourge of heroin in their own words.

Numerous links to organizations that offer help will be available on the News 12 Long Island and Newsday websites, plus additional unedited interviews.

The Project at a Glance:

Heroin: Addicted on Long Island

Dates: 5-part News 12 Long Island series Monday-Friday, Sept. 22-26. Each part begins airing at 8am.

Newsday: Major coverage on Sunday, Sept. 21 followed by additional stories Sept. 22-26

All content available on and

Nightly Facebook Live Q&A with activists and experts, Monday-Friday 7 p.m.

PART 1 - Monday, Sept. 22

A Good Kid

A Kings Park mom copes with the loss of her 21-year-old son, who died of a heroin overdose.

PART 2 - Tuesday, Sept. 23

Starting Over

Three young Long Islanders tell the story of their fall into heroin addiction and how they are struggling back.

PART 3 - Wednesday, Sept 24

Cops vs. Dealers

We ride with Long Island detectives trying to roll back the tide of heroin sales.

PART 4 - Thursday, Sept. 25

The Heroin Code

Heroin for sale on the Internet. How dealers are using deception to push their product on the web, and why they're getting away with it.

PART 5 - Friday, Sept. 26

No Where to Turn

Insurance companies that deny coverage; a shortage of detox beds. Why the "system" fails heroin victims when they need help the most.

Special Follow-Up Feature - Thursday, Oct. 2

"I Am Not Anonymous"

People in recovery fight the stigma of addiction with photographic self portraits & personal stories.

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