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
Although the large-scale prescription pill ring allegedly operated by Riverhead physician assistant Michael Troyan was not the biggest the county has seen in recent years, it underscores a troubling fact: In the ongoing opioid crisis, Suffolk is disproportionately affected. READ
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A concept map of the facility shows the layout of where patients would sleep on site. Developers said they’d need zoning relief for housing and evaluation, making up 36 percent of the site.
At the request of the developers, a Zoning Board of Appeals decision on zoning exemptions for a proposed $10 million addiction research and treatment facility at the Enterprise Park at Calverton has been pushed back to next month. (more…)