After Linn Turecamo attended the Southampton Town Opioid Addiction Task Force’s first community forum in April, she knew she needed to get involved.
The forum that filled the Hampton Bays High School auditorium struck a nerve with the Southampton resident: The stories of addiction shared that night reminded her of so many people that she knew, personally, who were struggling with addiction. READ
At a candlelight vigil at Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays Saturday, those affected by the opioid epidemic gathered to share stories of the loved ones they’ve lost, their own struggles with addiction and the effect of an ongoing crisis.
These are their stories. READ
How do we, as a community, begin to address the very real mental health disorders — acute and chronic episodes of anxiety and depression, and addiction — of our youth? How do we, as school and community leaders, ask and answer the right questions in grappling with the day-to-day mental and behavioral health issues our youth experience? How do we develop the strategies demanded by the moving target of increased suicidal thoughts, actions and self-harm events — including substance use in an effort to stop emotional pain? READ
The developers of a proposed addiction research and treatment center at the Enterprise Park at Calverton are seeking a 20-year payment in lieu of taxes agreement that would save the company an estimated $23 million in taxes over the length of the arrangement. READ
The Riverhead Town Board agrees that a proposed addiction treatment and research facility is a noble cause. But what members can’t seem to agree on is whether it belongs at the Enterprise Park at Calverton. READ
As people continued to file into the main room at the American Legion hall in Mattituck, chairs were pulled out of closets and taken from against the wall to accommodate the large turnout.
Paul Maffetone’s mission emerged from a burning need to share his pain. READ
A scene from early in the first season of the acclaimed HBO series “The Wire” dealt with Baltimore’s drug trade and how the system — including law enforcement, schools, government and the media — had failed that city.
A detective on the show makes an offhand comment about how they’re fighting the “war on drugs.”
“You can’t even call this a war,” his partner responds. “Wars end.” READ