Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

Joseph Beer

Controversial ‘Pot Defense’ Rocks Long Island Impaired Driving Case

A bombshell defense rocked a Long Island courtroom on Thursday. The lawyers defending a teenaged driver in a deadly car crash claimed even though he was high on marijuana, that’s not what caused the accident.

05/29/2014

Schumer On Heroin

Schumer Asks For $100 Million To Fight Heroin Trade In New York

U.S. Sen Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Monday that he is asking for $100 million in funding for to curb the scourge of heroin in New York and across the country.

05/26/2014

FILE PHOTO: MTA police inside Grand Central Terminal

MTA Police To Be Armed With Heroin Overdose Antidote Under NY AG’s Effort

It’s expected the more than 650 MTA officers on the job across 5,000 square miles and 14 counties in New York and Connecticut will carry the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan.

05/13/2014

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Expert: L.I. Teens Taking Handfuls Of Drugs At Random At Parties

Authorities on Long Island are warning about the hazards of so-called “Skittles” drug parties, which seem to be gaining in popularity.

11/14/2013

Medical Marijuana (file/credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Organizers Of L.I. Summit Say FDA Should Decide Merits Of Medical Marijuana, Not States

Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, Executive Director of LICADD, said he doesn’t believe in legalizing medical pot and thinks it will hurt the majority of New Yorkers.

04/08/2013

John Butler, Stacie Butler mug shots (credit: Suffolk County Police)

Police: L.I. Couple’s Arrest After Underage Drinking Party Should Serve As Warning

The arrest of a Long Island couple after a teenage girl got alcohol poisoning at their house has renewed the debate about the perils of supervised underage drinking.

03/25/2013

Heroin (file/credit: Hassan Ammar/AFP/Getty Images)

Number Of Heroin-Related Overdose Deaths On The Rise On Long Island

The number of deaths from heroin and prescription drugs have been steadily rising over the past few years on Long Island.

03/11/2013

Synthetic Marijuana

New York Lawmakers Push For National Ban On Synthetic Marijuana

It’s known as incense or potpourri, but it’s not the kind you use to make a room smell nice. It’s an herbal mixture that’s being smoked for a high, and getting many people sick. Now, there’s a new effort to get it banned.

03/05/2012