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
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
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