Krista McNallyApr 16, 2018, 5:59 pm

Opioid epidemic, ‘knows no boundaries here in Nassau County,’ says county executive

Authorities on the road to tackle problem areas in Hicksville


HICKSVILLE – The deadly opioid epidemic has plagued Long Island for years, and police are trying to pinpoint hotspots where overdoses and arrests seem to reoccur. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder are working together on a multi-pronged approach to stop the opioid problem with education, awareness, enforcement, diversion, and treatment.

Every week, a new problem-area is identified. So far, Massapequa, East Meadow, and Levittown have been tackled. Now, teams are battling the Hicksville area with increased authority presence.

“I have been to 15 funerals of Hicksville kids in the last number of years,” Legislator Rose Walker says.

Over the last week, Police Commissioner Ryder said that out of the “56 arrests that occurred, 47 were drug-related.”

Police are using an overdose map to track the location of drug hotspots. And in every community, the police commissioner and county executive have hosted town hall meetings to inform the public about the problem in their areas and solutions.

The meeting for Hicksville residents will be held on April 24 at 7 p.m.

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