Heroin crisis on Long Island sends parents to Washington to demand federal action

Posted: September 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV

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LONG ISLAND (PIX11) — Teri Kroll of Lindenhurst, Long Island was getting ready for a long drive to Washington, D.C. Friday where she will spend the weekend talking about a painful subject: her son Tim’s fatal overdose from heroin.

Kroll is part of the National Fed Up! Coalition that will march to the White House this Sunday, demanding a federal response to what’s being called a heroin and painkiller epidemic.

“Three years ago,” Kroll said, “people didn’t talk about their children dying from heroin overdoses. They talked about their children dying from a heart ailment.”

Now, Kroll is trying to erase the stigma associated with heroin addiction, as the alarming number of fatal overdoses on Long Island in 2013 were revealed this past week.

The number set a record: 144 heroin deaths in Suffolk and Nassau counties in a one year period.

There are hundreds more overdoses…

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