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SHERIFF DeMARCO URGES PARENTS TO USE DRUG TEST KITS, LOCK MEDICINE CABINETS AND THINK TWICE ABOUT PAINKILLER PRESCRIPTIONS FOR TEENS

Yaphank, NY – Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco today warned parents to use extreme caution when it comes to prescription painkillers and to lock medicine cabinets and drug test their kids. “In the midst of a severe drug epidemic fueled by overprescribing of opioids, and with the recent FDA approval of the intense painkiller drug, Zohydro, more than ever, parents really need to take this fight into their own hands and protect their kids and families.”

Sheriff DeMarco started the free drug testing program called Test Don’t Guess in 2009 to help families fight against drug abuse. Parents can pick up the kits at the Sheriff’s Office in Riverhead, at the Town of Brookhaven’s Youth Bureau, at Town Hall in Babylon, at the North Shore Youth Council in Rocky Point, as well as at many of their local County legislative offices. The test kits offer parents and guardians a way to encourage family discussion about drugs, and also can be used as leverage for privileges, such as use of a car or staying out late on the weekends.

“The county jails are full of people, as young as 16 years old, who started abusing opioids at a young age. Some of these people had received legitimate prescriptions following an injury and simply couldn’t stop using the painkillers. Others report that they rummaged through family and friends’ medicine cabinets and stole pills for recreational use. Residents need to lock up these opioids or refuse to use them altogether. This is a serious and growing problem — drug companies may be winning but our communities are losing and our kids are dying,” stated Sheriff DeMarco.

DeMarco added, “If a doctor or hospital prescribes a heavy duty painkiller for a pulled tooth or a broken arm, consider first trying an over the counter painkiller.”

For more information, visit the Sheriff’s Office website at www.suffolksheriff.com.

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GET READY FOR ROAD WORK THAT IS SET TO BEGIN ON ROUTE 27 IN THE HAMPTONS ON THURSDAY.
THE STATE SAYS IT WILL BE REPAVING ROUTE 27 FROM COUNTY ROAD 39 IN WATER MILL TO STEPHEN HANDS PATH IN EAST HAMPTON. WORK WILL TAKE PLACE DURING THE OFF PEAK HOURS AND LANES WILL BE SHIFTED INSTEAD OF CLOSED. THE ROAD IS SET TO BE SUSPENDED BETWEEN MEMORIAL DAY AND LABOR DAY.

LI doctor charged with medicare fraud

 

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A Long Island doctor is accused of submitting tens of millions of dollars in false Medicare billings.

U.S Attorney Loretta Lynch says Dr. Syed Imran Ahmed of Glen Head, New York, charged the government for phantom surgeries.  From January 2011 through mid-December 2013, Ahmed billed Medicare for at least 85-million dollars.  Investigators say patients told them they never had the procedures that were billed, and hospital records do not contain any evidence that the procedures were actually performed.

Suffolk police car shortage

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About one-fifth of Suffolk County’s police cars are in the shop and out of service.

“Newsday” quotes police and county officials as saying the repair backlog often forces officers to double up in cruisers and patrol larger areas.  Legislator Kate Browning chairs the Public Safety Committee and is concerned about not having a sufficient number of cars out on the streets.

Deputy County Executive Tom Melito describes the backlog as reaching a “crisis” level.

Ward Melville teacher arrested for sexual abuse

 

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Suffolk County Police have arrested a Ward Melville High School science teacher that sexually abused a female student.

Special Victims Section detectives arrested Stephen Malusa, 47, after an investigation revealed that he had abused a female student in May 2013.

Malusa, of Seminole Street, Selden, was charged with Sexual Abuse 3rdDegree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  He was arraigned today in First District Court in Central Islip.

The investigation is continuing.  Anyone with information is asked to call theSpecial Victims Section at 631-852-6531 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.