Long Islanders with loved ones battling addiction seek help as overdoses hit record high

Long Islanders told their own stories of losing a child or other loved one to overdoses as organizations and law enforcement listened, and let those families know that help is available.

News 12 Staff

Apr 14, 2022, 9:53 PM

Updated 736 days ago

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Groups across Long Island are joining together to help families who have loved ones struggling with addiction as overdose deaths across the United States have reached a new record.
Long Islanders told their own stories of losing a child or other loved one to overdoses as organizations and law enforcement listened, and let those families know that help is available.
Drug overdose deaths climbed 16% over one year with opioids being involved in about two-thirds of those incidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"We urge parents, if you're sensing a change in personality, get involved," says Victor Ciappa of Operation Natalie. "Don't just think it's a phase."
Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder says stopping substance abuse is also key to stopping drug dealers and violent domestic incidents.
Public health officials say the pandemic triggered a mental health crisis all across the nation with many people trying to alleviate the stress and anxiety through the use of alcohol and drugs.


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