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…)
Update: The following people have been arrested in connection with the investigation announced Tuesday.
Suffolk County officials and substance abuse providers have announced a new plan to tackle a growing epidemic plaguing Long Island. A 24/7 hotline for those dealing with opioid and heroin addiction will be available starting Friday.
A North Fork native — a “good kid” and an accomplished athlete, said Mattituck High School principal Shawn Petretti — played lacrosse at the high school level and went on to play for a college out of state.
When he left New York, though, he ran into a college culture of painkiller drug abuse that was inescapable, recalled Mr. Petretti Monday night.
A traffic stop led to the arrest of two people in a large drug bust Tuesday, Southampton Town police said. READ
An East Quogue man was arrested on drug charges Wednesday following a crash in which he struck a police vehicle and had to be treated at the scene with an opioid overdose reversal drug, Riverhead Town police said. READ
Paul Maffetone’s mission emerged from a burning need to share his pain. READ
One of the biggest obstacles in the battle against drug addiction is the availability of treatment for individuals already in the throes of it. While that’s a struggle in most places, it rings particularly true on the North Fork.