Brookhaven, New York
In the fight against the war on drugs, few places are hit as hard as the towns and suburbs of Long Island. Brookhaven, once seen as a shining example of beauty and prestige on the entire Island, has slowly been collapsing under the tremendous weight of drug addiction and alcoholism. Year after year, the number of fatal drug overdoses continues to climb and all efforts by the local police forces only seem to delay the inevitable. Brookhaven is losing the war against drugs, but it has not lost. If you or someone you know lives in the Brookhaven area and is struggling with drug addiction, please contact Long Island Addiction Resources immediately for a free and confidential evaluation.
Located a mere 50 miles from the city limits of Manhattan, Brookhaven has seen one of the largest increases in the number of fatal overdoses in the entire country. In 2014, nearly 200 people suffered fatal overdoses due to acute heroin intoxication in Suffolk County. This is double the number of 2013 and 2015 saw a similar number. This figure does not even include non-fatal overdoses, which are not kept record of, and are estimated to be even higher. These statics are alarming to say the least and unless serious is action is taken now, we stand to loose everything to the scourge that is drugs.
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Teenagers and young adults now constitute the largest and largest growing number of drug users in Brookhaven. In a recent pole, over 50% of high school students ages 15-19 have admitted to having had experimented with marijuana or alcohol. A large portion of this students, estimated 35%, also admitted to having tried more illicit substances such as heroin, prescription pain pills, and cocaine. It has been known for some time that most drug addicts and alcoholics get started at young ages, making these recent findings all the more unsettling.
Prescription pills have slowly become the silent killer of many young people throughout the country. Painkillers such as fentanyl, Percocet, and Oxycodone have become rampant in the school systems due to just how easy it is to acquire them. These drugs are opioids which is the same class of drugs as heroin. Many addicts find themselves getting hooked on these drugs only to turn to heroin, thinking of it as nothing more than a “cheaper alternative”. This way of thinking has taken many lives as the opioid crisis escalates to all time highs.
When one begins using drugs, it slowly changes us at our most fundamental level. Where we once took pleasure out of life, we now find disappointment and loss of self. Drugs become the primary motivation for all of the decisions we make. Cravings so severe, that even the most basic of human needs like eating and sleeping, become of no concern to us as we regress further and further into the depths of addiction. To the addict, nothing is more important.
Kevin was everything that a model student was supposed to be. He was a self-proclaimed momma’s boy, a loving big brother, quarterback for the high school football team, and dated the head cheerleader. He was the kid next door, but he was also a heroin addict. One day, his sister went into his room because she noticed that he had been asleep much later than usual. She found her brother dead, alone in his bedroom. This is the reality of drug addiction. Addiction is a disease that can effect anybody from any walk of life.
Kevin’s story is a tragic one, but he is only one of millions of addicts who have lost their lives so needlessly to drugs. The number of people addicted to drugs in the US is now greater than the highest number of infected persons at the height of the HIV epidemic. To curb the number of deaths, Nassau and Suffolk Counties have both begun to institute programs to train and supply concerned parents and family members of addicts in Narcan. Narcan is drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It’s not perfect however, as there is only a limited timeframe that the drug can be administered for it to take affect. While the total number of overdoses has not gone down since this program started, that number of deaths has. That may not seem like much in the grand scheme of things, but every survivor of a drug overdose has a least one more shot at getting clean and sober. That one shot that might make the difference
The numbers can be discouraging, but it isn’t hopeless. Millions of people have been able to break free from the chains of drug addiction and have made new lives for themselves. Addiction does not have not be death sentence; there are more resources for treating drug addiction than at any other time in history. Long Island Addiction Resources has the ability to get you started on your new path, free of drugs and alcohol. Call as now and you too can know what freedom truly means.