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Oct 5, 2017 4:35 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Considering Creating Opioid Task Force To Combat Spread Of Drugs

Oct 11, 2017 12:37 PM

An opioid task force that would help form a game plan to target drug addiction in the area is under consideration by the Southampton Town Board.

Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman pitched the proposal at the board’s work session on Thursday, October 5, noting that he envisions a 15-member group of educators, government representatives, youth leaders and police representatives, among others, who could discuss ways to help address the spread of opioid drug abuse.

The supervisor said he feels the task force is needed because of an increase in drug overdoses in the region. “It’s certainly something that’s impacting the five East End towns and Suffolk County,” Mr. Schneiderman said.

Councilwoman Christine Scalera suggested getting town supervisors from the other East End towns involved, with Councilman John Bouvier adding that health officials should also be part of the task force.

Mr. Schneiderman noted that the task force would consist of about 15 members who would meet over the course of several months. It was not immediately clear when the task force would be created or when it would begin meeting.

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Great idea!
By MelissaA (18), Sag Harbor on Oct 5, 17 4:43 PM
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What's to consider? Just do it.
By johnj (691), Westhampton on Oct 5, 17 4:59 PM
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Well Well here we go again.On 5/23/1978 chapter 18 of the Town Code was adopted it was called Drug Abuse Prevention Council it comprised of 5 members.May I suggest that the honorable members review this section of the code or do they want to pretend they are taking some action during the election cycle.
By watchdog1 (405), Southampton on Oct 5, 17 5:49 PM
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You really can't make this up. How is this a headline? What is our Town, County, State elected officials been doing? They are just now thinking about a Task Force. There is a serious leadership problem at the Town.
By HB Proud (779), Hampton Bays on Oct 5, 17 6:20 PM
Led by who? Kiernan and his drug addict cops that have to be driven around cause they're so high on drugs they stole from arrestees?? This is a JOKE
By G (307), Southampton on Oct 5, 17 6:30 PM
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Brand Bender has volunteered.
By SlimeAlive (649), Southampton on Oct 8, 17 10:05 AM
I think the town needs to decide if this is going to be treated as a health problem or a criminal problem.
By metsfan2 (126), southampton on Oct 5, 17 7:35 PM
Start in our schools, please.
By knitter (894), Southampton on Oct 5, 17 7:36 PM
knitter, isn't that what the DARE program is supposed to do already?
By itsamazing (207), Southampton on Oct 5, 17 9:26 PM
Theres plenty of evidence that proves DARE has been ineffective. I think its obvious its not working. Time to try a different approach in the schools. Students dont listen to Cops! They will however , listen to their Peers......Peer Leadership programs would probably be more helpful

By toes in the water (542), southampton on Oct 6, 17 7:23 AM
Basically what everyone is saying is that if people ie.cops, teachers, parents etc. did or do what "everyone" just talks about there wouldn't be a problem! Let me tell you this, you can stop taking drugs, but you can't make other people stop taking drugs.
By lirider (175), Hampton Bays on Oct 5, 17 11:29 PM
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Kudos to the town for stepping up and trying to implement measures to curb this epidemic. If this saves one life it will be worth the effort and investment.
By Summer Resident (209), Southampton N.Y. on Oct 6, 17 2:35 AM
When its easier for kids to get heroin than by a 6 pack of beer you have a problem. You raise the drinking age, close the bars, not allow access to beaches easily, create social host laws to generate money, and generally give no one under the age of 21 a place to socialize..this is what you get. So I guess the Task Force will come up with some miracle solution that has not been thought of. Bottom line, too easy to get the opioids.
By The Real World (322), southampton on Oct 6, 17 7:37 AM
SummerResident, as you said this is an "epidemic" that has been going on for years. Do you really think it is effectively leadership NOW to start a "task force" What have they been doing? What has the East End Drug Task Force been doing? Why are our Town officials not working with the State and County. The answer to everything with these people is to start a "Task Force". My house is on fire - lets start a "task force" to see how to put it out and not spread. why is this even a news story ...more
By HB Proud (779), Hampton Bays on Oct 6, 17 8:31 AM
Election year stunts.
By Draggerman (684), Southampton on Oct 6, 17 2:14 PM
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Ya' think???
By HB Proud (779), Hampton Bays on Oct 6, 17 4:21 PM
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By Summer Resident (209), Southampton N.Y. on Oct 7, 17 3:41 PM
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I see much of that in the air.
By Summer Resident (209), Southampton N.Y. on Oct 8, 17 7:03 PM
Amazing, wake up it's not working. Too many people closing their eyes to the problem.
Schools, teachers and Parents do not want to deal with problem.
By knitter (894), Southampton on Oct 6, 17 5:30 PM
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Is Brad Bender running again. We never found out who the other 20 dealers were that worked with the Riverhead "Doctor" that ran the pill ring. His father and brother are both Riverhead cops....
By G (307), Southampton on Oct 6, 17 6:52 PM
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A permanent task force sub-station will need to be built at the proposed Sandy Hollow Section 8 Projects in order to keep the neighbors safe.
By pw herman (721), southampton on Oct 7, 17 9:05 AM
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By 27dan (2145), Shinnecock Hills on Oct 7, 17 9:25 AM
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By pw herman (721), southampton on Oct 7, 17 3:29 PM
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By HB Proud (779), Hampton Bays on Oct 7, 17 5:01 PM
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Spank the town when they do nothing. Spank them when they do something.

Just by this ANONYMOUS chain, it's clear there are many issues related to solving the opioid epidemic. A group of people with varied experiences, willing to dedicate and volunteer their time to adding thoughts, experiences, and effort to the problem.

This ANONYMOUS blog should be the Task Force. They know everything already.

I was asked to serve on the task force and I'm going to. And I'm going ...more
By hblc (25), Hampton Bays on Oct 7, 17 5:54 PM
Good luck to you! I am looking forward to hearing how a task force convinces people to not take drugs. Hope you will keep us apprised.

You are aware that you are ANONYMOUS also, right?
By bb (740), Hampton Bays on Oct 8, 17 6:33 PM
I'm actually not anonymous. I identified myself in a previous post on another article; I just haven't changed my initials.
By hblc (25), Hampton Bays on Oct 9, 17 6:39 PM
You don't use your name when you post. You could have and chose not to. I sincerely doubt you have followers who know that you once posted your actual name. Unless your name is hblc you are posting just as anonymously as anyone else here.

It doesn't matter whether you use your name or not. It is funny that you seem to think it is important other's use their names when you don't.
By bb (740), Hampton Bays on Oct 11, 17 2:22 PM
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By hblc (25), Hampton Bays on Oct 7, 17 5:54 PM
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By hblc (25), Hampton Bays on Oct 7, 17 5:54 PM
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By hblc (25), Hampton Bays on Oct 7, 17 5:54 PM
I have brown skin so i can tell the truth .

Kick out MS 13 Problem solved !
By Undocumented Democrat (1536), southampton on Oct 7, 17 6:04 PM
If you have any tips or names for the SHPD, I'm sure they'd appreciate it.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (674), HAMPTON BAYS on Oct 7, 17 6:07 PM
Talk more talk does zero for drugs
By chief1 (2335), southampton on Oct 7, 17 9:34 PM
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So whats the point of your comment than ?

Be part of the solution , not the problem.

Donate money to scientific research for a cure for this disease



By toes in the water (542), southampton on Oct 8, 17 8:04 AM
Drug Addiction is a disease . Its a chemical imbalance just as depression is and its also treated with a stigma. Just like depression , the scientific research behind it is way outdated. Theres been recent breakthroughs with depression thanks to HDRF. The same is NEEDED for drug addiction. PARENTS you can tell your kids daily not to do drugs but if they have a genetic predisposition , a chemical imbalance in the brain, a family history of addiction , its highly likely they will suffer from addiction ...more
By toes in the water (542), southampton on Oct 8, 17 7:58 AM
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A task force is a hopelessly tired, rote response to a national health crisis. You need the medical field to be working in tandem with law enforcement. There is NOTHING more bureaucracy can do to fix this problem where time is of the essence.
By SlimeAlive (649), Southampton on Oct 8, 17 10:04 AM
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HBLC, I suspect that people post anonymous comments about the Town Administration since they or a family member relies on the Town to feed their family and may be afraid of retribution and retaliation if they criticize the administration..Even within our own community, I have found people who I thought were fighting for Hampton Bays have chosen their political party or their own agendas and have targeted me since I do not agree with them. 27east allows for anonymous posts. Those that are in ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (61), Hampton Bays on Oct 8, 17 10:18 AM
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big typo here....does NOT come up with effective solutions.
By G.A.Lombardi (61), Hampton Bays on Oct 8, 17 11:52 AM
I definitely won't endeavor to wade into the waters that you mentioned, and on much of it, I do not disagree. My comments are purely focused on this issue and the potential task force. Political act? Maybe. No outcome to be expected? Perhaps. I hope though that those who are invited - health care, education, law enforcement, those who have overcome addiction or lost ones to it, and policy makers - can accomplish something. You're right - the issue is too important. Thanks for the perspective!
By hblc (25), Hampton Bays on Oct 9, 17 6:41 PM
Make pain killers illegal in Southampton. Done
By chief1 (2335), southampton on Oct 8, 17 2:39 PM
Use Aleve, not Advil.
By pw herman (721), southampton on Oct 10, 17 11:17 AM
Can anyone please tell me what training, experience, or knowledge Jay Schneiderman has to even suggest this "Opioid Task Force"?? Isn't their already an East End Drug Task Force? Don't the NY State Police, Southampton Town Police, Suffolk County Police, Suffolk County Sheriff's Department, Neighboring Jurisdictions, and Federal Agencies already combat Narcotics? It would seem that Jay's spontaneous utterance at the board's work session is conveniently close to election day. How much more will ...more
By DisgustedHamptons (18), Hampton Bays on Oct 10, 17 2:29 AM
Get a drug dog to enter our schools at random days and nights. Cover all southampton town schools. Not just lockers, rooms, lounges etc.
I know mom and dad have no idea what is going on, school board also. Get their heads out of the sand.
By knitter (894), Southampton on Oct 11, 17 12:36 PM
Why do we need so many pharmacies? Why are doctor’s profiting from prescribing certain pills from certain big pharma companies. It’s a billion dollar business. If they wanted to solve the problem they would solve the problem but it wouldn’t be profitable so here we are.
By icecreamman (307), Southampton on Oct 14, 17 12:53 PM
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