Each month, we tragically lose young people in our community due to heroin overdoses and other heroin-related deaths. In 2008, 46 people in Nassau County died as a result of heroin. Last year, 38 more people died from the drug. Earlier this year, we launched a three-pronged approach to combat the heroin epidemic: awareness, education, and enforcement.
Awareness, Education & Enforcement
We've widely distributed Parental Awareness Ads to help get the attention of parents, especially parents of teenagers and young adults who think they are immune to being affected by the heroin epidemic. We've put more Narcotics detectives on the streets and we're frequently in schools reminding children that they have a choice.
We are sending a clear message that, as a community, we are standing up and saying no to heroin use, sale and distribution in Nassau County.
Together we can and will end this epidemic that is destroying the lives of many of our residents.