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
A traffic stop in Riverhead led to the arrest of two men who were found to be in possession of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to New York State police. READ
A recorded voiceover filled the packed auditorium at Hampton Bays High School last Wednesday night.
“Hi, I’m Tom Ventura,” it began, and the speaker continued to detail his life as an adolescent from Kings Park. A lover of sports and the outdoors, Mr. Ventura was the “All-American boy.” READ
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.
A Riverside man accused of selling heroin that is believed to be linked with several overdoses within Southampton Town and Suffolk County was arrested on several charges Wednesday following a “lengthy investigation into narcotic sales,” according to Southampton Town police. READ
A Ridge man who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge in Riverhead last year was indicted by a federal Grand Jury Wednesday on charges that he sold heroin to a Kings Park man who later overdosed on the drug in May. READ
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.”
At the start of Tuesday’s press conference in Riverhead announcing the results of a major East End drug investigation, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota stressed that the arrests that have already been made represent merely the beginning of what is to come.
Fourteen individuals were behind bars, he said, and 40 more will soon follow. (more…)