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Apr 1, 2016 11:59 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

24-Hour Hotline For Substance Abuse Assistance Is Launched

Apr 5, 2016 1:21 PM

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, or LICADD, launched a 24-hour assistance hotline on Friday for those in need of substance abuse services.

According to a press release from LICADD, the Long Island-wide hotline will provide assistance to individuals and families seeking support, counseling and health care facility referrals for substance abuse. The council, which has offices in Mineola, Holbrook and Riverhead, will direct callers to those resources.

The organization is staffing the hotline in conjunction with Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone’s office, and the Suffolk County Health Department will provide oversight by collecting data on its effectiveness, as well as any trends and “emerging issues” within the Long Island community that are specified in the calls.

The hotline can be reached by dialing (631) 979-1700.

“Like many places in this country, Suffolk County is facing an opioid epidemic of historic proportions,” Mr. Bellone said in a statement. “We need to tackle this epidemic on all fronts—including prevention, treatment and law enforcement. The creation of a local 24/7 hotline is now another tool in our arsenal to assist those who are battling opioid and heroin addiction and their families.”

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Another smokescreen pretending the County Health Service is responding to the ongoing scourge of substance abuse in our county.It is time to to ask for some statistics on the number of individuals that are receiving treatment at the three methadone clinics run by Suffolk Co Substance Abuse Service,What is the waiting time to start receiving methadone treatment?.Is there a waiting list ? How many new patients are admitted to treatment per week.How many patients are on this programm year after year?What ...more
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Apr 1, 16 1:52 PM
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As long as the onus of criminal prosecution of substance abusers exists, these programs will be feckless. We need to lift criminal sanctions (as Portugal did over a decade ago) to attract addicts to seek help.

Addicts will ever be unwilling to put themselves forward for treatment (until their condition has degenerated abysmally) if there is the possibility that that initiative will bring them to the attention of the police. Absent the police threat, they will be so much more likely to ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Apr 3, 16 2:47 AM
Sounds like you have been down that road HH.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Apr 3, 16 8:50 AM
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By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Apr 3, 16 11:13 PM
Did anybody call this HOT line ,,,,what was the experiance like...referred to another number I suspect jjust a longer runaround,nothing changes
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Apr 4, 16 10:09 AM