Krista McNallyJun 14, 2018, 6:20 pmJun 15, 2018, 2:34 pm

Nassau PD credits decline in overdose rates to OD mapping program

Law enforcement make drug-related arrests by pinpointing exact locations of opioid use


FARMINGDALE — Natalie Ciappa died of an opioid overdose 10 years ago after leaving a party. Now, the Nassau County Police Department’s OD mapping program named after her is reducing the number of overdoses county-wide.

"Operation Natalie, year to date, down 7 percent for fatal. Non-fatal county-wide is down 30 percent," Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said.

The OD mapping program pinpoints hotspot communities for drug use. So far, they have pin-pointed Massapequa, East Meadow, Levittown, Hicksville, Baldwin, and Farmingdale.

"For the last four days, we have been in the Farmingdale area, made over 50 arrests. Forty-five were drug-related. Four were drugs for sale, and those people stay in criminal court," he said.

In Farmingdale this year, there have been 44 non-fatal overdoses and eight fatal overdoses. The drug problem is being tackled by education, awareness, enforcement, diversion, and treatment.

"We are committed in the county to tackle this problem. Not just by enforcement, but treatment with enforcement is the way we are winning this war," Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said.

There will be a community meeting held at the Farmingdale Village Hall to provide residents with useful information on how to spot if someone is addicted to opioids and options for treatment. That meeting will be on the June 21 at 6:30 p.m.

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