Op-Ed: New York Must Close Drugged-Driving Loopholes

New York’s roads are deadlier than ever. With the legalization of personal use quantities of marijuana and New York’s antiquated impaired driving laws, which have not kept up with new synthetic designer drugs, the problem is getting worse by the day. The drugged driving loopholes Read More …

Groups Push for Changes in DWI/Drug Laws

Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney led a push Monday against drunk and drugged driving, standing alongside  a host of law enforcement personnel and relatives of people who had been killed in car crashes. The “Deadly Driving Is No Accident” campaign includes a demand for Read More …

Huntington Station Man Sentenced in Fatal Fentanyl Sale

A Huntington Station resident has been sentenced to prison for his role in selling drugs that led to an overdose death, the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney said Thursday. Qhamel Dickerson, 28, of Huntington Station was sentenced for selling fentanyl that killed Read More …

State Report Finds Surge in Drug Overdose Deaths

A state report has found that drug overdoses surged during the Covid-19 epidemic, increasing by 68 percent. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said that an analysis found that deaths increased by nearly 5,000 people from 2019 to 2021. The surge is largely due  to illicit fentanyl Read More …

Group Walks to Support Drug Recovery

Family and friends gathered Saturday at Heckscher Park to mourn the lost those lost to drug use and support those in recovery. Dr. Jeffrey L. Reynolds, president and chief executive officer of Family and Children’s Association. led the event, encouraging and commending those who in Read More …

Vigil to Commemorate Those Lost to Drug Overdose

The high cost of addiction to drugs will be acknowledged this week with a candlelight vigil Wednesday in Northport. Residents who have lost someone to a drug- or alcohol-related overdose are invited to bring a picture of that individual to place on a memorial wall Read More …

Updated: Man Arrested in Pharmacy Robbery

Suffolk County Police arrested a man Wednesday on charges of  robbing an East Northport pharmacy earlier this week. The Major Case Unit detectives arrested Eduardo Martinez for robbing the Stop & Shop, located at 454 Fort Salonga Road, on Nov. 22. Martinez, 33, of West Read More …

Update: State Marijuana Law Could Bump Into Town Restrictions

Updated: Town attorney Nick Ciappetta  is expected to review a state agreement that would legalize recreational marijuana in light of a Town Board vote in 2019 to ban its use and sale in Huntington.  In August 2019, the Town Board unanimously voted to prohibit the Read More …

Coalition Awarded Grant for Drug Addiction Services

A coalition of Long Island service agencies has been awarded $5.7 million to support addiction prevention, treatment and recovery programs. The Long Island Network, made up of 12 human services and behavioral health organizations, received the funds from the federally supported NYS Opioid Response Grant Read More …