Police on LI target dealers linked to opioid overdoses
Police are targeting dealers connected to opioid overdoses in an effort to combat the opioid epidemic on Long Island.
The latest alleged dealer to be arrested was 22-year-old Jose Turcios, from Hicksville. He's accused of selling drugs used in a fatal overdose.
According to a Newsday report, as many as 600 people died of opioid overdoses on Long Island in 2017. At least 400 of those deaths were in Suffolk County, a record-shattering number. There were 195 in Nassau, which matched the number in 2016.
Dr. Jeff Reynolds, from the substance abuse recovery center THRIVE, says more needs to be done to support those in recovery from opioid abuse.
"That means better prevention in schools, more conversations about this issue in our homes, better treatment on demand for folks who are struggling and then support for young people who are recovering. That's how we solve a crisis," says Dr. Reynolds.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a surcharge on opioid prescriptions that could raise hundreds of millions of dollars for anti-addiction and treatment programs.