By Eden Laikin
At least 7 more County residents died from drug overdoses in August, Nassau Police records show. These included residents from: Bethpage, East Meadow, Floral Park, Levittown, Massapequa, Oceanside and Seaford.
The community with the highest number of non-fatal overdoses in August, was Valley Stream/ North Valley Stream, where at least nine of their residents overdosed last month. That number is three times higher than the number of non-fatal overdoses there in July, one month before.
In newly released statistics of overdoses reported to the Nassau County Police Department through the 911 call system in August, Hicksville is again a close second in the communities with the greatest number of non-fatal overdoses – with 6. Then it’s Levittown, Oceanside and Massapequa each with 5 non-fatal overdoses.
Hicksville had the most overdose deaths of any community in 2013, with 8 people dying that year, but they haven’t had a drug death since at least March 2014.
Massapequa had 20 fatal overdoses between January 2012 and August 2014 – making it by far, the community with the highest number of overdose deaths. Just 7 of the 20 occurred in 2014.