L.I. Officials Dealing With ‘Perfect Storm’ Of Teen Substance Abuse

Drug News

MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The number of teens facing a substance abuse crisis is surging on Long Island — 670 families, 10 times the normal number, sought help last month in one Mineola center.

Jeffrey Reynolds, director of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, said he is now seeing the anguish and heartbreak.

Local, state and federal funding is drying up and resources aren’t there to help, yet the numbers are surging.

“This summer so far we’ve posted record numbers,” Dr. Reynolds told CBS 2′s Jennifer McLogan. “It’s really the perfect storm scenario.”

The numbers are staggering:

*Prescription drug arrests are up 878 percent
*DUI drug arrests are up 413 percent
*Pharmacy robberies are up 100 percent
*Hospital drug admissions are up 125 percent