05/19/18 3:00pm
MICHAEL HELLER PHOTO Refusing to curse the darkness, residents from East End communities gathered May 12 in Hampton Bays for a candlelight vigil remembering loved ones who have died from opioid overdoses.

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Refusing to curse the darkness, residents from East End communities gathered May 12 in Hampton Bays for a candlelight vigil remembering loved ones who have died from opioid overdoses.

On May 12 in Hampton Bays, as a cold rain fell on a large crowd of the broken-hearted, speaker after speaker told deeply personal stories about how the opioid epidemic that is sweeping America has changed their lives forever. (more…)

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01/10/18 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his 2018 State of the State Address at Empire State Plaza Convention Center on January 3.

COURTESY PHOTO Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his 2018 State of the State Address at Empire State Plaza Convention Center on January 3.

Governor Andrew Cuomo presented his 2018 agenda last Wednesday outlining initiatives that, if realized, could affect Shelter Island, including calls to address the opioid issue, immigrants’ rights and environmental issues. (more…)

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12/12/17 2:00pm

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Eastern Long Island’s weekly newspapers have joined together to form the East End News Project for the purpose of reporting and writing stories about one of the most important issues of the day: opioid abuse and overdose deaths in our communities. (more…)

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10/30/17 10:00am
Cliff Owen / Associated Press Photo Fentanyl is often mixed into bags of heroin, creating a lethal combination that, according to officials, users are not always aware of.

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Fentanyl is often mixed into bags of heroin, creating a lethal combination that, according to officials, users are not always aware of.

A federal task force has been created to tackle the opioid crisis in New York State, home to some of the nation’s highest overdose rates, and it will be stationed on Long Island, according to a press release issued Friday by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s office. (more…)

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01/25/17 4:30pm
Cliff Owen /Associated Press Photo | Fentanyl is often mixed into bags of heroin, creating a lethal combination that, according to officials, users are not always aware of.

Cliff Owen /Associated Press Photo | Fentanyl is often mixed into bags of heroin, creating a lethal combination that, according to officials, users are not always aware of.

To get a sense of just how potent the synthetic opioid fentanyl is, DEA special agent Erin Mulvey explained that one dose is the size of a grain of salt. Now picture two grains of salt, she continued: “You can overdose on that.”

It’s a startling image made even more alarming by statistics released recently by the Suffolk County Department of Health. In the ongoing battle against opioid addiction, fentanyl — a prescription drug that’s finding its way onto the streets in an illegally manufactured form — has surpassed heroin as the county’s deadliest drug.

To date, at least 130 Fentanyl-related overdoses have been confirmed countywide for 2016, up from 84 the year before. Meanwhile, Suffolk recorded 94 heroin overdose deaths and 45 combined fentanyl-heroin deaths last year.

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