I read the article on the increase of heroin on Long Island, along with the increase in robberies, and I'm appalled ["Heroin drives robberies," News, Sept. 8].

What are our local, county, state and federal agencies doing to stop this and other drugs from coming so easily into our country? I say, not enough. This is a national crisis. We need to put more funding into police and drug enforcement, and pressure leaders of the countries where this poison is coming from.

Are we not America? Do we not have the money and technology to stop this? Of course we do. We can find a cup of water on Mars, yet we can't find where all these drugs are produced. Are these drug cartels that much smarter than us? Are we lazy?

No, we are just not willing anymore to take a stand, to do what needs to be done, even if it offends some countries or people.

If you are smuggling drugs, or selling them, I really don't care if you have to sleep 10 in a cell. I'll sleep at night.

Phil Toscano, Bethpage

In Newsday's Sept. 2 edition, two news stories referred to growing heroin use: "Murray: Heroin deaths rising" and "Plainedge gives overdose antidote." It pained me to see that heroin deaths have doubled in the first eight months of this year, and quick fixes are not working.

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Education about this disease is a start in prevention, and the Narcan antidote is a godsend to save addicts overdosing. The Nassau County Police Department's heroin task force, developed to remove heroin dealers from our streets and homes, will help ["New heroin task force," News, Sept. 15]. These are good things. But in the meantime, addicts are suffering!

Narcan keeps them alive, but then what about every future day of an addict's life? Why haven't more treatment centers opened? Addicts need medical care, education about this disease, guidance and love. Good outpatient centers can provide these wonderful benefits daily, yet there are too few.

We have to keep addicts alive and functioning, and a methadone program works. I know this because I'm the mother of an addict who attended a treatment program. Why not educate parents, spouses and addicts about treatment's benefits?

Long Island has health care networks everywhere you turn. Why can't they include treatment centers?

Donna Daniels, Garden City