Ryder: Fewer people are overdosing on heroin in Nassau County [NEWS12LI]

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MINEOLA – Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder announced Thursday that fewer people are overdosing on heroin in the county.

Ryder says that fatal heroin overdoses this year are down 7 percent, and non-fatal overdoses are down 30 percent.

The commissioner says the drop is directly related to law enforcement identifying “hot areas.”

“For the last four days, we’ve been in the Farmingdale area. We’ve made over 50 arrests, 45 of which were drug-related,” says Ryder.

Steve Chassman, LCSW, CASAC (Email) with LICADD says the new stats are promising.

“I think community intervention and prevention has played a big role,” he says. “…I think we’ve seen some great legislation and money allotment from Albany and a host of parents and adolescents who have advocated for this change.”

Chassman says more education is still needed about harmful drugs.


For more than 60 years, LICADD has successfully delivered evidence-based programs designed to prevent and treat substance abuse and addiction. LICADD offers crisis intervention, screenings, brief interventions, referrals to treatment and several family and parent education workshops to help Long Islanders struggling with the effects of addiction. Through our Open Arms, EAP Program, LICADD has provided targeted solution-focused support to companies all along the East Coast, serving over 60,000 employees and their families.

LICADD is Long Island’s premier non-profit agency providing life-saving alcohol and drug prevention and intervention services to at-risk children, individuals, and families across the region. With offices in Mineola, Holbrook and Riverhead, LICADD conducts evidence-based prevention programs, community outreach initiatives, and a mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents and public policy advocacy.

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CONTACT: Christopher Kelly
Development & Communications Associate
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