Unfortunately, just about everyone you talk to these days has either lost someone to, or knows someone who is battling, an addiction to opiates. With 236 deaths from opioid overdoses in Suffolk County last year, and an average of 207 deaths over the last 7 years we are ground zero in the crisis gripping our nation.
We must make sure our first responders have the resources they need to ultimately keep these substances off the streets and in the event of an overdose save the lives of those who become addicted.
The pharmaceutical companies who marketed opiate pain-relievers in the late 1990's as non-addictive have made billions of dollars in profits. They must be held accountable and should have to pay for treatment, prevention and education programs.