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Fatal ODs Spike 40% in Nassau Amid Pandemic

Fatal overdoses are up 40 percent in Nassau County since the pandemic began, according to police reports of suspected overdoses. Non-fatal overdoses increased by 7 percent this year, Nassau police said.

Pandemic Isolation Sparks Suicide Concerns in Recovery Community

Meryl Cassidy, executive director of Response Crisis Center, told the Press the 24/7 center has seen more than a 25 percent increase in calls and live “chats” from people expressing suicidal thoughts since the COVID pandemic began. 

Coronavirus Causing Spike in ODs on Long Island

Overdoses are spiking on Long Island due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has reversed progress that the region made in fighting the opioid crisis amid joblessness, stress, and isolation were brought on by COVID-19, data shows.

Drug Rehabs Help Battle Coronavirus Pandemic While Still Facing The Opioid...

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has not been lost on Long Island’s addiction and recovery community, which has banded together to support each other during social isolation, job loss, and less access to treatment and support. 

THRIVE, A Long Island Recovery Community, Marks Milestone

The free and nonclinical center was created in response to the heroin and opioid epidemic sweeping across the country. 

Recovery High School Idea Advances on Long Island

“Recovery high schools allow students in recovery to continue their education in a substance-free and supportive environment, by offering recovery resources and ensuring necessary support,” says Evan Frost of OASAS.

Spinal Adjustments Eyed as Treatment For Addiction

“Spinal adjustments actually accelerate the healing of the brain from addiction,” says Dr. Russell Surasky.

Mental Illness Eyed as Root Cause of Opioid Epidemic

Providing better mental health treatment to stressed-out Long Islanders who are self medicating with illicit drugs is key to combating the deadly opioid epidemic that continues to grip the region, experts say.

The Beading Hearts Helps Parents Grieving Children Lost To Addiction

The group uses the love for their lost children to help others who have suffered similarly, part of the collateral damage of the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Despite Crackdown, Patient Brokers Continue Exploiting Addicts

A year after New York State made it illegal to financially benefit from referring patients to addiction treatment programs, so-called “patient brokers” have found new ways of targeting desperate customers.