The department has increased search warrants by 211 percent to reduce the availability of opioids

Prevention And Environmental Strategies

Stuart Cameron, Chief of Department, Suffolk County Police Department, on law enforcement’s role in prevention: The department has increased search warrants by 211 percent to reduce the availability of opioids.

Dr. Leslie Marino, Assistant Professor, Columbia University, on medical professionals over-prescribing opioids: “We have seen a decrease in prescribing opioids. We have seen a decrease in prescription opioid deaths, but we are seeing a plateau, so the next step, really, is to reach out to doctors in the community.”

Lars Clemensen, Hampton Bay Superintendent of Schools, on standardizing prevention programs: Suffolk County’s “69 school districts can get together to take advantage of funding the lieutenant governor mentioned to work together with our community-based organizations.”

Pamela Mizzi, Director, Long Island Prevention Resource Center, on building cooperation between competing community-based prevention groups: Suffolk County “has 11 prevention provider agencies with 45 professional substance abuse specialists deployed county-wide to address 319,000 kids. They can’t do it all. Prevention needs to be represented just as well as treatment and recovery.”

Dr. Ronald Masera, Remsenburg-Speonk Superintendent of Schools, on age-appropriate early prevention programs: “Even though we might not be talking about opioid addiction to kindergartners, we are talking about responsible decision-making and what harmful substances can do to our bodies.”

Anthony Ferrandino, Chair, Northport – East Northport Drug And Alcohol Task Force, on early prevention practices: “One of the major pieces is to adopt a K-12 drug and alcohol prevention program.”