Drug Addiction on Long Island

Last week I heard about a Medford couple being charged with a string of 15 robberies on Long Island. The reason for the robberies? To fuel their addiction to heroin. In December, a 21 year old Selden girl was sentenced for defrauding people out of several thousands of dollars when she pretended to have cancer in order to fuel her heroin addiction.

Stories like this have been popping up all the time. Pharmacies tend to be the favourite choice. A few weeks ago a Hewlett pharmacy was robbed by 3 people. Back in October a man was arrested for robbing the same pharmacy twice in Deer Park, looking for prescription medicines. In July, a Hicksville pharmacy was robbed. A Bellmore pharmacist had to shoot a robber that was walking toward him with a knife back in June.

In past years, the stories have just been awful. In Medford only a few years ago 4 people were killed when a couple robbed a pharmacy in Medford. I recall the story about an armed robber and a DEA agent both dying in a gunfight at Seaford pharmacy. A New York Times article even highlighted the fear and apprehension pharmacists live with just going to work here.

On Sunday, the Stephanie O Show (tune in at 5 o’clock on 103.9 FM) discussed dealing with drug addiction on Long Island and elsewhere. Stories like these have become far too common, and far too tragic. Over the weekend, Newsday’s cover story was on the 241 heroin related overdose deaths on Long Island in a two year time frame. I suggest everyone read the article.

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Stephanie Ovadia is a practicing attorney, radio personality and mother of eight children. Stephanie's areas of practice include entertainment law and personal injury. She received her B.A. in political science from SUNY Binghamton and her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law.

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