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Long Beach Drug Deaths

To Little To late......
Statement from the Long Beach Police Commissioner

"Over the weekend, two young Long Beach residents tragically passed away. While an investigation is underway and toxicology reports are not yet available, we have lost several young people in the past few years.

Our police department is taking this issue seriously and combating it head on with a three-pronged approach that focuses on prevention, redirection, and enforcement. In addition to being in contact with police agencies throughout the region to prevent drugs from even getting into the City, the Long Beach Police Department will be partnering up with the Long Beach School District and various community organizations to educate children about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Beginning next month, we will be hosting community forums and offering counseling sessions.

We encourage parents to talk to their children about how important it is to stay away from drugs, and we want to do everything we can, as a City, to help prevent this from happening again.

More information will be posted about our upcoming substance abuse programs on our website and social media pages in the coming weeks."

- Police Commissioner Michael Tangney

js February 19, 2014 at 12:28 PM
How old were these "young residents" ?
debbie February 19, 2014 at 12:31 PM
JS what diffenence does it make....They died.....
Disgusted Homeowner February 19, 2014 at 12:32 PM
No articles yet!
water guy February 19, 2014 at 02:38 PM
one was 31 and a nice guy, to bad he had to leave us so soon.
larry teague February 21, 2014 at 09:07 AM
this "new" Patch is a joke. cooking articles? cleaning marker stains? this is "hard hitting" and "relevant" news? they should be ashamed of themselves. more news about Baldwin and Valley Stream than our town. the two young people who od'd were actually regular people. not your stereotype drug addicts. the heroin problem, like most other RISING crime in LB is covered up by the clowns in City Hall. be aware that the heroin issue is huge on long island. your police commish is maybe more preoccupied with the drug issues in his own family than saving lives in town? kicking it over to Nassau county is brilliant. in reality, they should kick the whole police responsibility there as well. save us a lot of $$$$$$
Jack February 21, 2014 at 07:28 PM
No one starts using heroin at the age of 31 if they were regular guys. It means they have been using gateway drugs like marijuana and pills in earlier years. Next: the LBPD is a joke. The Commissioner's response should be the following: "We are vigorously investigating the heroin dealers in Long Beach and will track the origins of these sales. We will demand that the DA's office prosecute the dealers to the fullest extent and ask for maximum jail time."
debbie February 21, 2014 at 07:41 PM
Jack what are you a big drug expert. Who cares what age he started using drugs, or what kind. The guy is dead. Talk about gateway drugs, maybe we should take a look at alcohol. Show some compassion.
jv February 21, 2014 at 09:00 PM
The guy who shot up the projects was warned by Tangney "never to set foot in Long Beach again". Now that's police work! Maybe he should warn the dealers too.
Bob West February 21, 2014 at 09:35 PM
Lots of folks cheered when the LBMC Counseling Center and Methadone Clinic were closed after Sandy. Unfortunately, I doubt most of those Methadone users moved out of town. New York is leading the country in regulating prescription opiates- Vicodin and "oxy," drugs that work like milder heroin. That's great, except that heroin is here and reportedly cheaper than the illegal prescription pills are. I don't know the chemistry of opiates, but I think of a comparison to bottled liquor vs "moonshine:" from what I know, many people die from the impurities (lead, etc) in "moonshine" besides the harmful properties of the alcohol in itself. It's a shame there's no more treatment or counseling for heroin/opiate abusers in Long Beach. Sorry to be skeptical, but I don't know if this is the kind of thing kids listen to teachers, police, or parents about. I don't go places like "myspace" but I shudder to think about what kind of advice kids might be getting on the web. Watch the video in this article, it's the most important part- http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/health/prescription-painkillers-seen-as-a-gateway-to-heroin.html
Jack February 21, 2014 at 09:50 PM
People who equate alcohol with drugs are usually closet pot smokers since that's the first comparison they make. Additionally alot of DWI car accidents occur in conjunction with drug usage not alcohol alone. Heroin is a major league hardcore drug. Honestly speaking now, how does "regular guys" in their 30's begin using a hardcore drug by accident? It means they have progressed from smaller drugs that aren't providing the effect they want. Drug usage is a voluntary act. It is not a "disease". It might be an act of youthful stupidity but it still is a beginning voluntary act. The only answer is what Nancy Reagan advised: just say NO!
Bob West February 21, 2014 at 11:28 PM
@ jack- I'm interested in the source of that off-topic statement "People who equate alcohol with drugs are usually closet pot smokers." Was that Nancy Reagan? Part of the problem in dealing with drug abuse is misinformation from self-proclaimed experts. Since in another recent post I noticed you didn't know how to spell Ritalin ("riddlin") you might not be such a drug expert as you think you are. Rather than attacking other posts, it might benefit the community if you stopped making up facts. Have you seen a lot of progress since Mrs. Reagan suggested "Just say no" in 1982? Every off-base thing you write belittles the tragedy that is happening here.
Penquin February 22, 2014 at 03:52 PM
Jack - there are plenty of alcoholics that use drugs - all kinds. This should be obvious - especially if they are buying heroin at west end bars, as some writers are claiming. And most alcoholics started young - sneaking beers came before trying pot for many. Don't generalize as you do, as everyone is different. Generations are different as well.
Hamburger February 23, 2014 at 01:17 PM
Jack like alcohol. Jack no like pot.
Penquin February 23, 2014 at 01:33 PM
Sound like Jack need the weed
debbie February 23, 2014 at 03:09 PM
Jack would be a more compassionate man with the weed

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