Nassau County issued an alert to warn the public of the narcotic fentanyl reemerging in New York State and Nassau County.
In September, a subject was arrested by the Hempstead Police Department for sale of heroin. Lab results from that sale indicate the presence of pure fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic painkiller about 100 times more potent than morphine. Additionally, a cluster of medical examiner cases indicate the death of five individuals autopsied between Oct. 31 and Nov. 6 from drugs involving fentanyl.
“Too many young people have fallen victim to heroin and opioid addiction,” said County Executive Edward Mangano. “Family and friends need to stay alert, watch for the warning signs of drug abuse and get their loved ones help before they overdose and/or sample this deadly mix of heroin and fentanyl.
Mangano added: “The Nassau County Police Department, in partnership with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies including Federal and State prosecutors, continues to take down drug dealers and stop the flow of narcotics into our neighborhoods. This enforcement, combined with my administration’s comprehensive strategy of education, awareness, enforcement and treatment, is helping combat this nationwide crisis.”