On Wednesday, April 16, during the day, approximately $2000 cash was stolen from a home at 7 James Avenue, East Norwich. The back door of the basement was broken into. No one has been apprehended as of yet.
Home burglaries resulted in $4.6 billion in lost property in 2010, and the average dollar loss per burglary was $2,119, according to the FBI. While the cost of lost property is significant, even more significant is the emotional toll it takes when your home’s security is compromised. It’s impossible to completely safeguard yourself from becoming a victim of burglary, but there are ways to reduce your risk. Employ these eight tactics to help keep your home safe from thieves.1. Install exterior lighting. 2. Reach out to law enforcement. 3. Get involved with your community. Start or join a neighborhood watch group. 4. Become a dog owner. 5. Consider a home alarm. 6. Install a fence. 7. Maintain landscaping. 8. Make your home look occupied.
The Scourge of Drugs
• Christine Loring
The Long Island Expressway has been called, by one official, “Heroin Highway,” as the drug travels from New York City to Long Island. In the last two years, heroin has killed a record number of people on Long Island, and arrests by the DEA are up 163% in the last year. The deaths from overdose have increased for the age group of 15-24. Users are not the stereotype of a heroin addict. Many of the young people are honor students, cheerleaders, and athletes from loving homes in the middle and wealthy classes.
With the insidiousness of drug addiction, one can say that among us, are murderers (the dealers), providing the lethal substance to the new users and addicted. Whether one is addicted or looking for a quick escape, a joyride among peers, drugs have become a danger and a heartbreak in communities across the nation and in our backyard. In the past year according to the Drug Enforcement Administration drug related deaths have increased as much as 84 percent in New York in the last two years. Young middle-class, and upper class clientele are turning away from prescription pills and are looking for a bigger high, whether cocaine, meth in recent years, and now heroin. Recent local youth deaths have been attributed to drugs.
Prescription pills are becoming more difficult to access as doctors are tightening security and reducing prescriptions. And prescription pills are very expensive, compared to heroin. Prescription drugs, taken from medicine cabinet in a family's home for pill parties, continues but has diminished. Painkillers, such as Vicodin, contains hydrocodone, and oxycodone-based Percoset. An Oxycontin pill cost $80 for an 80-milgram pill. Now, heroin is in easy supply; glassine filled bags of one dose are selling for as little as $5 or in capsule form to snort. Many statistics including one from dosomething.org, state 50% of high school seniors do not think it's harmful to try crack or cocaine once or twice and 40% believe it's not harmful to use heroin once or twice. Officials are seeing kids these days with 10 to 15 bags per-day heroin habits.
Addiction is such a serious difficulty to circumvent. A tragic example of addiction is seen in the extraordinary actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s recent death. Whether alcohol or drugs, addiction is overwhelming. Overcoming addiction goes way beyond willpower, it is all encompassing.
One of the greatest dangers with heroin now is that the strength of the drug is higher than ever, and the mixtures ranging from baking soda to fentanyl, an opiate used in anesthesia, are potent and deadly. The buyer is never sure of the source, quality or purity of the product they are buying. Heroin has emerged as the new party drug, and the fad drug of the moment.
Many parents are caught with a stigma of having a heroin-addicted child, feeling shame and denial. The reality is that there is help with treatment, and people can be saved. Next week we will continue with an in-depth look at facilities and actions to assist with this affliction in our communities.