Nassau County officials say heroin killed more people last year than drunken driving and murder combined in the Long Island county.
Authorities say heroin caused 46 deaths in Nassau County in 2008. That’s more than the 30 deaths recorded that year from drunken driving and murder combined.
Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi and the county’s police commissioner told a Monday news conference that 25 people have died from heroin during the first six months of this year.
Suozzi is holding a forum on Tuesday about the county’s growing heroin problem. He calls heroin cheap, addictive and available in every neighborhood.
New York City and Suffolk County officials did not have figures on Monday on how many deaths heroin had caused.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.
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