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Nassau Unveils New Partnership To Help Opioid Addiction Treatment Gap

April 16, 2019 - 6:34 pm

MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A new partnership has been announced in Nassau County to help with the fight against the opioid addiction crisis.

As WCBCS 880’s Sophia Hall reports, there has been a major battle on Long Island to help people beat opioid addictions.

Though, as Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas notes, the problem is there’s not enough resources.

She says too often a person overdoses, is revived with Narcan and taken to a hospital and then released because of lack of hospital space. From there, they often go right back to a dealer for drugs.

The goal now is to stop that cycle, which is why the DA’s office is teaming up with Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), Northwell Health and New Hope Crisis Center to allow those battling addiction to be transported from the hospital to a treatment program.

“Together were closing the treatment gap for thousands of vulnerable Long Islanders, with the promise of more Northwell hospitals to follow,” Singas said. “Those who overdose will now be seamlessly transitioned to the treatment they need and we know that this program will save lives.”

Last year, more than 120 people died on Long Island because of drug overdoses.