To report drug problems in your community call Nassau County District Attorney's Office Anonymous Tip Line at 516-739-6666
Nassau County District Attorney's Office Member Information

Nassau County Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas and her staff are committed to eradicating the county’s heroin problem through a combination of increased enforcement to catch dealers and suppliers, and educational efforts designed to prevent heroin addiction among young people before it starts.

 

To combat the flow of heroin into the county, the DA’s Office has continued to use the arrests of for-profit drug dealers as a way to find the suppliers. Sweeping investigations by the DA, together with other law enforcement agencies, has resulted in the take down of major cross-county and local heroin distribution networks, along with the arrest of dozens of drug dealers.

 

To educate parents, teenagers, and educators on the dangers of heroin and its pervasiveness in Nassau County communities, the DA’s Office established “Not My Child” in 2008. This multimedia educational program has been presented in more than 100 Nassau County schools. It teaches parents and educators how to recognize the warning signs of drug addiction, and teaches students just how devastating heroin can be to their lives and families. The program concludes with a real-life story of addiction from either a recovering addict or the family member of a lost loved one.

 

Due to a 2009 change in the Rockefeller Drug laws, judges are now permitted to assign non-violent offenders with addictions to treatment, rather than jail time. The DA’s office has assigned cases to drug-treatment diversion programs.

 

Acting DA Singas has also been outspoken in her support of several pieces of legislation that address the heroin epidemic on both a county and state-wide level, such as the Natalie Ciappa Law, which requires police to notify a school district about anyone arrested in connection with heroin possession within that specific school district’s boundaries, or the arrest of a student from that district anywhere in the county. The law was named after an 18-year-old high school student from Massapequa who died of a heroin overdose at a party in 2008. The law also establishes a Nassau Drug Mapping Index website that shows arrests for possession and sale of heroin.

 

Acting DA Singas also supports proposed state-wide legislation that holds drug dealers accountable for the deaths and destruction they cause. This measure, which was drafted in consultation with the DA’s office, will toughen existing laws to make it so a person who sells a substance that contributes to a death may be charged with manslaughter.  Visit our website: www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/DA/index.html

Copyright ©2010 Heroin Prevention Task Force. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy, Disclaimer
Copyright ©2010 Heroin Prevetion Task Force. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy  |  Disclaimer
Heroin Prevention Task Force
##################################################### #####################################################