The Lengthy Island Community, which is made up of a dozen human service and behavioral well being organizations, was awarded greater than $5.7 million from a state grant to assist Lengthy Islanders’ entry to dependancy prevention, remedy and restoration packages final week.
The funds, in keeping with a information launch, stem from the state’s federally backed Opioid Response Grant, which is run by the state’s Workplace of Habit Companies and Helps.
The organizations that make up the community are the Bridge Again to Life Heart Inc., CSEDNY, Central Nassau Steerage & Counseling Companies, Household & Youngsters’s Affiliation, Household Service League Inc., Hispanic Counseling Heart Inc., Mercy Hospital, Northwell Well being – Lengthy Island Jewish Medical Heart, Outreach Growth Corp., South Shore Baby Steerage/EPIC Lengthy Island and Solar River Well being.
“At a time when overdose fatalities are once more on the rise and alcohol use is skyrocketing, we’re thrilled to be a part of this community, laser-focused on boosting efforts Island-wide,” Household & Youngsters’s Affiliation President and CEO Jeffrey L. Reynolds mentioned. “Our unified, coordinated regional method will harness using know-how, evidence-based practices, and other people with lived expertise to extend entry to companies and care, particularly for underserved communities.”
Reynolds’ group is one in all Lengthy Island’s largest well being and human organizations with 340 workers members, 200 volunteers and greater than 30 packages that assist the underserved and the at-risk populations.
Regardless of decreases over the previous few years, drug overdose deaths are nothing new for Nassau County. The county’s peak yr for opioid-related deaths was 2016, with 195, in keeping with state Well being Division figures.
In 2018, the county introduced the institution of Operation Natalie, a countywide warfare in opposition to opioids named after a Massapequa teenager who grew to become the face of the heroin epidemic practically 10 years earlier. That yr, opioid deaths decreased by 25 % from the 2016 peak.
The initiative additionally led to the Nassau County Police Division seizing $1.2 million value of heroin in reference to the most important heroin trafficking operation within the historical past of the county in December 2019.
A complete of 88,000 particular person doses of heroin, 1,024 grams of cocaine and $1,214,093 had been seized through the four-month investigation, in keeping with county officers.
Officers mentioned that the 2 alleged ring leaders offered upwards of 26,000 particular person doses of heroin to 74 prospects per thirty days, profiting roughly $30,000 every week, and totaling $230,000 in narcotic gross sales.
Whereas strides had been made, the coronavirus pandemic actually took a toll on the psychological well being and well-being of Nassau County residents, in keeping with Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder.
Ryder mentioned in August that deadly overdoses within the county elevated by 43 % and nonfatal overdoses elevated by 18 % over the earlier eight months in contrast with the identical interval in 2019.
The problem of psychological well being is one which the federal authorities wants to handle, Reynolds mentioned throughout a Clean Slate Media city corridor occasion in March.
“One of many issues we’ve come to know is that, what we noticed throughout [the pandemic], is a product of many years, in reality generations value of neglect, power unemployment, and power illiteracy,” Reynolds mentioned. “Whenever you take a look at the contrasting communities, Hempstead and Backyard Metropolis, for instance, and ask why is Hempstead that has exponentially greater numbers of deaths than Backyard Metropolis, properly I do know why. These disparities didn’t seem in a single day and so they gained’t disappear in a single day.”