Middle Island, New York
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New York City is seeing drugs shipped in from South America at an unprecedented rate. Last year, federal authorities seized a record 880 kilograms of heroin and hundreds more are being shipped into the harbors of New York City each day. These drugs are then distributed throughout the New York area, particularly suburban areas like Middle Island.
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Heroin and other opioids have become the leading cause of fatal overdoses in the United States. 25,000 people died from prescription drugs in 2014, with 82 heroin related deaths in Suffolk County. Despite its small population, Middle Island has been affected just as much as the rest of the New York area and the United States. The town of little over 10,000 people has seen steady increases in the number of drug overdoses. From 2007 to 2011, there was a 75 percent increase in fatal heroin overdoses, and this trend is expected to continue into 2016. The situation became dire enough for Suffolk County authorities to supply local residents with the anti-opiate drug Narcan to reduce the total number of fatal overdoses. While this is proving to be an effective countermeasure against fatal overdoses, it has not deterred drug trafficking or decreased the high number of non-fatal overdoses.
In late January of this year, a man was arrested for running a drug operation out of his home with his 23-year-old son, a Middle Island resident. A police raid on the father’s home uncovered 730 grams of cocaine, 318 grams of heroin, 36 grams of oxycodone, and $200,000 cash according to police investigators. These types of crackdowns have become commonplace on Long Island, and show how America’s drug epidemic is affecting unassuming communities throughout the New York area.
Long Island’s violent crime rate is rising in part because of the drug epidemic and the need for addicts to get their next fix. During a routine traffic stop last year, a police officer was assaulted after he discovered a bag of marijuana in the car. The suspect exited the vehicle and reached for the officer’s gun in an attempt to remove it from its holster. After subduing the suspect, the officer discovered heroin, cocaine, and “Molly”, a new form of ecstasy, along with hypodermic needles. The 33-year-old suspect also had a knife in his front pocket.
The families of drug addicts and alcoholics suffer just as much (if not more) because drug and alcohol abuse. Susan Roethel remembers her daughter Megan as a great student and Ivy Leage hopeful, recruited by prestigious universities like Princeton, Yale, and Dartmouth. After suffering from depression, Megan started mixing alcohol with prescription pills and later moved on to shooting heroin. She died of an overdose in 2012 at the age of 22. Young people like
Megan are a reminder that anyone can become an addict, no matter how smart or gifted. This is why we need to help addicts seek proper treatment and get them the best care possible.
Middle Island is becoming a prime example of what happens when drugs begin pouring into small town America. This is why it is important for drug and alcohol addiction resources to be readily available and as accessible as possible. These statistics and stories are terrifying, but addiction does not have to keep taking the lives of our friends and families. Treatment options now are better than at any other point in history, and you owe it to yourself and to your family to get help.
There are more ways than ever to get treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please call our hotline immediately to set up a consultation.