The burgeoning drug crisis will be the focus of a public forum on Sept.25 in Huntington, featuring experts from the medical, law enforcement and addiction services fields.
Suffolk County has the highest rate of overdose deaths in New York State, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.
“One reason non-Hispanic white individuals may be predisposed to issues with opioids is that they have greater access to opioids, at least after being treated in emergency departments. Both before and after the increase in opioid prescribing in the 1990s, studies have shown that white people (31 percent) are more likely to receive opioids for pain management than black or Hispanic people (23 and 24 percent, respectively),” NCADD said.
A National Institute on Drug Abuse report said, “Among the more than 72,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2017, the sharpest increase occurred among deaths related to fentanyl and fentanyl analogs (synthetic opioids) with nearly 30,000 overdose deaths.”
The Huntington forum will have several resources on site, including:
Northport/East Northport Drug and Alcohol Task Force
Huntington Drug and Alcohol Counseling Center
Drug Free LI
Family Service League
The Town of Huntington Opioid Task Force Public Forum will convene at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 100 Main St., Huntington.
For information about the forum, please call 631-351-3112.