Long Island Heroin Crisis Affects Us All

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Everyone is separated from actor Kevin Bacon by six degrees, so the joke goes, but sadly, the heroin and opioid crisis does not have as many levels before it touches us all.Everyone I speak with knows someone or has loved ones who suffered a tragic fatal overdose. Be they celebrities, executives, politicians, skilled or unskilled workers, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters or cousins, none are immune from being affected by the disease of addiction, especially heroin.So many stories tear at the hearts of individuals and families. A grandparent loses a 20 something grandchild, a father finds his son dead of an overdose from his very first use of heroin. Best friends are burying each other. Each story is unique, yet founded in a crisis of epic proportions.Nassau and Suffolk counties – a bit more in Suffolk – are leading the list of geographic areas suffering the most. In 2016, Long Island reportedly suffered 539 deaths due to opioids, primarily heroin laced with the powerful painkiller fentanyl. Total opioid deaths have increased by two and one-half times since 2010.The problem has been building, but now that we have public awareness of the crisis, we need to advance the strategy to combat it. Long Island cannot afford to become complacent and lose so many of our young people, jeopardizing our future.The long list of those I’ve discussed the issue with, from law enforcement leaders to anti-drug advocates, just scratches the surface of those trying to stem the tide of these preventable deaths. Our actions must reach across all social, economic, political, ethnic and religious groups, organizations and individuals so that we act in a unified effort that will be greater than the sum of the parts.If we can create a realistic plan and execute it according to our expertise, financial ability and energy, many lives can be saved. Lawmakers and law enforcement officials need to step up prosecution of those who divert prescription fentanyl, which is often illicitly acquired from overseas and makes today’s heroin weak by comparison to the old days.We also need to recognize that despite widespread efforts to legalize marijuana, it maystill be a gateway to heroin. All business sectors are impacted by this epidemic every day in lost employees, workplace disruption when one of the team dies, revenue lost while workers grieve, theft by addicts, violent robberies and murders at the hands of addicts.There is no escaping, we are all affected and it will take all of us working together to eradicate the crisis and save our neighbors from anguish and loss of their loved ones.Greg Demetriou is president and CEO of Lorraine Gregory Communications.last_img read more

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How caring about the Earth saves money

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I used to simply compare the price tags on organic, eco-friendly, sustainable products to ones that weren’t and always chose the cheaper option. Basically, I avoided sustainable items because I wanted to get the best deal.However, once I took a hard look at my spending, I realized that even though I was being cost conscious, buying cheap, disposable items, I wasn’t necessarily saving money. Surprisingly, one thing that really helped me shine a light on the reality of my spending was becoming more earth conscious.Before I shifted my spending choices, I knew garbage was a huge global problem but I didn’t really connect it to my personal spending. It was more abstract. I knew about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. I knew the Great Barrier Reef was all but dead. I knew marine animals were getting stuck in plastic we dumped into the ocean. But I blamed large corporations, and heavy polluting industries, not my individual choices.For so long, I was ignoring this issue and I now feel guilty because I should have been taking more responsibility for my actions and how they contribute to this huge problem. continue reading »last_img read more

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Payet dedicates win to Marseille fans caught in Saint-Etienne no-go zone

first_img Andre Villas-Boas’ Marseille opened up a six-point lead over third-placed Rennes, who lost 1-0 at Lille on Tuesday, by bouncing back from successive goalless stalemates against Bordeaux and Angers. Saint-Etienne rarely threatened, although Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda had to be alert to keep out Lois Diony’s effort shortly before half-time.The away side made the points safe in the 85th minute, as Nemanja Radonjic drilled a fine left-footed shot into the bottom corner.Earlier on Wednesday, Lyon failed to close the gap to the top three as they were held to a goalless draw at home by lowly Amiens.Rudi Garcia’s side sit sixth in the table, seven points adrift of Rennes, who occupy the third and final Champions League qualification spot.Rayan Cherki, 16, came off the bench but was denied a winner when his effort struck the post. Dimitri Payet scored a brilliant goal as second-placed Marseille claimed a 2-0 victory at Saint-Etienne on Wednesday to cut the gap to Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain back to 12 points although hundreds of their diehard fans were stopped from watching the game.Advertisement Read Also: Ligue 1: PSG move 15 points clear with tight Nantes win“Too many players have been below their normal level,” said coach Garcia. “We gave our best and it wasn’t much.”Elsewhere, bottom club Toulouse were cut further adrift with a 1-0 loss to Strasbourg, while Montpellier moved into fifth despite a 1-1 home draw with Metz.On Tuesday, PSG edged to a 2-1 victory at Nantes to strengthen their position at the top of the table.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The match was delayed by 15 minutes after clashes between the two sets of fans outside the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.According to firefighters and the Saint-Etienne prosecutors’ office, there were no injuries or arrests.However, the game was played without visiting supporters – believed to number around 400 – who left under police escort despite making a round trip of around 650km.Payet gave Marseille a seventh-minute lead with a magnificent individual goal, shaping to cross before cutting onto his left foot and hammering the ball past bewildered home goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier from what seemed an impossible angle.The former West Ham United star has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season.“I was looking for the cross, but I saw that he (Ruffier) wasn’t in his goal at all, so I took the opportunity to hit it hard,” Payet told Canal+.“I will dedicate this match to our supporters who unfortunately this evening made the round trip but couldn’t reach the stadium.” Loading… Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyTop 10 Most Costly Liquids In The WorldThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearlast_img read more

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