Nassau County fentanyl, cocaine deaths on the rise

Via Newsday:

Nassau County Chief Toxicologist Joseph Avella said the opioid epidemic in the county, like the rest of the country, is a growing problem.

“This epidemic is far outpacing many of the other public health problems we’ve seen in the past, such as cocaine abuse in the ’80s,” Avella said.

In the past year, Avella said he has seen a spike in fentanyl and cocaine overdose deaths, often combined with heroin, for a stronger high, Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said.

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