Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 20 November 2009 00:00
With heroin-related arrests in the Massapequa area among the highest in all of Nassau County, local residents are banding together to raise community awareness of the growing problem.
On Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon, there will be a Drug Free Massapequa Awareness Walk at John J. Burns Park.
This walk is being held to alert local residents of all ages of the drug problem that not only Massapequa, but all of Nassau County, is facing. There will be numerous tables set up with information from different groups and organizations that help support this cause.
Along with their announcement, the organizers of the walk issued a statement. “This [the drug problem] is happening all over Nassau County and Drug Free Massapequa is taking the first step and asks your help to get rid of drugs and drug dealers from our town,” the statement read.
The Massapequa area is being hit particularly hard by the drug problem. The Nassau County police department has issued a map of the county, and with it, a listing of heroin arrests in that entity from Jan.1 to Oct. 15 of this year. The Massapequas have seen 33 heroin-related arrests, while 13 such arrests have been reported in Wantagh and seven arrests in Seaford.
Such arrests tend to come in bunches. For instance, in two days, Jan. 21 and 22, there were eight heroin-related arrests in Massapequa. From Feb. 4-5, another three arrests were also made in Massapequa. From June 2-5, eight such arrests were made in Wantagh, while on Aug. 16, three heroin arrests were recorded in Seaford.
Drug Free Massapequa is a nonprofit organization that is trying to raise awareness of the drug problems facing both students and parents in our local area, along with trying to come up with solutions.