Study Shows Opioid Crisis Costs LI Approximately $8 Billion Per Year

Sophia Hall
September 05, 2019 - 6:59 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The opioid crisis costs Long Island approximately $8 billion per year a study by the Fiscal Policy Institute shows.

The study also shows that on ein four New Yorkers say they have a family member, friend or acquaintance die from the opioid crisis.

Long Island's private health care costs because of the epideminc was $172 million according to the report.

"Everybody pays, one way or another, for the opioid crisis: as a taxpayer, consumer, or business," the report said.

The report noted that in 2017, the year Long Island suffered 617 overdose deaths caused by opioids, the Long Island economy lost $22.4 million a day due to opioid addiction and overdose deaths.