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Task force on heroin, opioid addiction to meet on Long Island

A special legislative task force formed to examine the effect of opioid addiction on Long Island and elsewhere in the state is scheduled to meet Wednesday in Mineola.

The State Senate’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction meeting will convene at 4 p.m. at the NYU Winthrop Hospital Research and Academic Center in Mineola, a hospital spokesman said.

Similar meetings on how addiction to heroin and other opioids affects communities have taken place around the state.

The panel is expected to hear from law enforcement officials, addiction experts, health care professionals, and recovering addicts and their loved ones.

Among those scheduled to give testimony to the panel are members of the Nassau County and Floral Park police departments and the Suffolk County Medical Society.

The public may attend the meeting at the research center, 101 Mineola Blvd.

Lawmakers included more than $200 million in this year’s state budget for efforts to prevent and fight addiction.

Data released in April by the medical examiner’s offices in Suffolk and Nassau counties showed that nearly 500 people died from opioid overdoses on Long Island last year — the most ever — with the highly potent drug fentanyl accounting for most of the deaths.

With The Associated Press

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