Commack, New York
Most start with a small desire and habit. It begins with weekends and parties. It begins with good times and laughter. Many are shocked that something so pleasurable to begin with can end in such misery. Drug addiction destroys lives. It drives a person into situations they would never have dreamed, robs them of their sense of dignity and self-respect, and takes away the desire and will to live. This is the story that is told again and again in cities and towns in Suffolk County and all over the world. If you are seeking help please call today. We know what you are going through. We know how to help.
Heroin use has exploded in what is being described as an epidemic on New York’s Long Island. Addiction counselors are seeing users as young as 12, many from middle-class suburban families. Among age groups drug poisoning deaths involving heroin increased only for the youngest group, ages 15 to 24. For all the other age groups the number of deaths was steady or went down according to the CDC. Jeff Reynolds, the executive director for the Long Island Drug and Alcohol Abuse Center, sees another disturbing trend, “Ten years ago, if you used two to three bags of heroin a day, you were considered a chronic heavy user. For kids these days, that’s breakfast.”
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Sunday – 11:30 am – Open Discussion & Big Book Study
Thursday – 6:30 pm – Closed Discussion
*No smoking on property, enter through the fence in metal doors, not through the glass
Temple Beth David
100 Hauppauge Rd
Commack, NY 11725
Big Book Study
*Meetings is upstairs*
Fri 7:00 p.m.
Commack Church of Christ
25 Old Indian Head Road
Commack, NY 11725
Monday – 7:00 pm – Open Meeting
Wednesday – 7:00 pm – Step Study Meeting
Saturday – 6:30 pm – Closed Discussion
*1st Wednesday Traditions Group
*2nd Wednesday Big Book Study
Commack Methodist Church
486 Townline Road
Commack, NY 11725
Morning Steps 123
Fri 11 a.m.
Catholic Charities, 155 Indian Head Road, Commack, NY 11725
Women Living the Message
Thur 7:30 p.m.
Open To Suggestions
Tue, Thur 7:30
53 verbena drive, Commack, NY 11725
Experience,Strength and Hope in the Morning
155 Indian Head Rd., Commack, NY 11725
Early Morning Basics
Open-This meeting is open to addicts and non-addicts alike. All are welcome.
Discussion-This meeting invites participation by all attendees.
Just for Today-This meeting is focused on discussion of the Just For Today text.
Book Study-Approved N.A. Books
Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m.
Commack United Methodist Church
486 Town Line Road
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Reynolds says he’s seen a seven-fold increase in patients in the past five years — 80% of them from heroin and other opiates. Users often don’t fit the stereotype of the heroin addict. Many are cheerleaders, athletes and straight-A students from loving homes. “You couldn’t have looked at my daughter and said she was a heroin addict,” said Susan Roethel, whose daughter, Megan, died of an overdose at 22. “The girl was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful and you didn’t know it. (Heroin) was all over.”
Heroin has killed a record number of people on Long Island in the last two years, data shows. Overdoses have increased in Suffolk County three fold in the same time period. Heroin arrests on Long Island by the DEA are up 163% in just the last year. Officials are citing two major factors in this upswing in the drug’s use: Proximity to the major airports and shipping lanes of nearby New York City, and a statewide crackdown on prescription painkillers. This last has had the unfortunate side effect of pushing users to the stronger and more readily available heroin. Since 1990 the potency of heroin has gone up by almost 60%. Drugs such as Fentanyl are often added to “cut” the product and increase dealer’s revenue. Actions like these are another huge factor in overdose as drugs like Fentanyl are actually significantly stronger than the heroin they are meant to dilute.
Getting these drugs off the street is an increasingly difficult proposition due to the huge profits unscrupulous dealers can make. Recently three Commack residents were among the 41 Town of Smithtown residents arrested in a long-term heroin bust. The bust, dubbed “Operation Heroin Highway,” played out over the course of a year, originating in Queens and expanding into Nassau and Suffolk Counties. In all, officers seized more than 8,000 glassine envelopes of heroin, more than five kilograms of heroin, 2.7 kilograms of cocaine, five pistols, a shotgun, and an assault rifle. Officials did not comment specifically, but the value of these is well into the tens of millions.
Drug addiction, crime, overdoses, and deaths are all a reality in our neighborhood. They do not need to be a reality in our lives. If you are seeking help there are more resources available today than there ever have been. Please call our help line today. We can help.