Originally posted on News 12 website
YAPHANK – The Suffolk County police commissioner says he is genuinely frustrated about the number of drug overdoses in the county and says the status quo is not working.
The department says it is now launching a new pilot program aimed at targeting dealers and getting the drugs off the streets.
In the program, field intelligence officers and detectives will follow up on all overdoses, according to Newsday. In addition, they will go to the emergency room, talk to the person who was revived, their family and friends and ask for information about the drugs and the dealer.
As of now, the new program is only being run out of the 6th Precinct. Commissioner Timothy Sini says that’s because overdoses in the area are the highest in Suffolk County.
Alec Ross, a recovering addict, tells News 12 that looking back, he’s not sure he would have given information about his dealer to police, but understands the need to try and stop the epidemic from getting any worse.
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