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Long Island Coalition Receives Grant To Fight Opioid Epidemic

September 20, 2018 - 6:04 pm

MASSPEQUA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A Long Island coalition has received a grant to help fight the opioid problem.

From January 2017 to February 2018, there were 800 overdoses in Nassau County -- 200 were fatal.

In hard-hit Massapequa, there were 30 fatal overdoses and 200 non-fatal overdoses in the area.

Now, the Massapequa Takes Action Coalition has been awarded a 5-year $625,000 grant to combat the epidemic.

Nassau County Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Smith said the department fights the opioid addiction problem every day.

"One of the things that we're doing among many is that we're tracking overdoses... we respond to every overdose case in the county," Smith said. "We try to get people to treatment... We want to get you into a hospital, into a facility to get the help you need."

Congressman Peter King said MTAC is the only coalition in Nassau County to receive funding.

The money will go towards early prevention of marijuana and alcohol use by young people, King said.