Town Addresses Heroin Epidemic in Viral Video [YouTube]

Not-for-profit organization Kings Park in the kNOw aims to tackle the local drug problem.

Following the arrest of  the Town of Smithtown took to its YouTube channel to discuss the local epidemic and "Kings Park in the kNOw," a group dedicated to eliminating drugs in the community.

The SmithtownGTV channel aired the video the day after the announcement of the arrests, documenting the purpose and goals of the not-for-profit organization. While the group is Kings Park based, the scope has expanded to other local communities throughout the Town of Smithtown.

"We basically want to see drug dealers and drug users out of our town ... There's an epidemic going on so we're reacting to what we've seen on the streets, what we're hearing from our families, we're trying to keep it out of our schools and out of our town," Executive Director of the organization Debbie Danley said in the video.

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John Massaro February 01, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Where's Mr. Pavi when you need him?
George February 01, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Take the politicians out of the video, they are part of the problem! Leave the solution to parents, school officials, law enforcement, non-political community leaders like clergy, pediatricians, little league and other sports volunteers and the like. Politicians have no credibility and therefore are part of the problem!
11779 February 01, 2012 at 05:56 PM
these neighborhoods are dealing with tragic events how ever these communites deal with "user problems". Where is Ronkonkoma? Mastic? Medford? Selden? These communites are seeing a direct correlation to violent crimes in these towns regarding the use of heroin and Oxy. All the headlines say is Smithown this Smithtown that. Look at the stats! Suffok County Drug Mapping Index on Suffolk County PD's website has Ronkonkoma Central Islip and Selden as the highest rates of heroin arrests since 07 when the map was first established. I guess blue collar communites do not count only white collor north shore suffolk. I see, I see
Tony February 02, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Many years ago...in the mid 1990's. I saw an HBO special called Black Tar Highway. It followed the "lives" of people on Herion. It was like watching a car reck....I could not stop watching. I am now a retired NYPD police officer, and the images from this special still haunts me. I have recomended this show to hundreds of people to show teens who where headed down the wrong path, hanging with the wrong people. It should not been seen by anyone under 16--even that may be pushing it. Why has no one mentioned that dateline special on heroin 2 years years ago, where they where in the parking lot of walmart/home depot/kohls on crooked hill rd on commack.
Tony February 02, 2012 at 04:43 PM
To be honest I don't care about the drugs in ronkonkoma, mastic...or anywhere else. These are our kids, or family, our friends, our neighbors. We need to focus on helping them, and preventing this from spreading. If not we will lose a whole generation of our young people. Everyone hug your kids and talk to them, ask about their friends. Go into their rooms, sit with them in the basement, invite their friends to your home. Remember Herion is now a drug for white middle class, upper middle class people. Most people don't inject it, its so powerful they can now smoke it and snort it.
Janice February 02, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Why does osmeone turn to drugs? Maybe we need to look at the stress and expectations of a would-be drug user. What is it in their daily life that makes them feel this is an acceptable choice given the vast amounts of education out there to show them how horrendous the results can be? Should we be looking at a school system that is one size fits all and expectations that one must be a terrific athlete or a top achiever to be acceptable. Kids who feel lousy about themselves turn to drugs.
schlago February 02, 2012 at 05:39 PM
you don't think Kings Park is blue collar?
Paul February 02, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Respectivly disagree with Mrs. Rossi blaming big pharma. If You have prescription drugs in your house, its your responsibility to keep them out of harms way. Big pharma spends billions of dollars in research and development to help everyday folks deal with anything from a hangnail to cancer, without them you would be in much despair. They are not creating this problem, poor example and not true. Blame corporate america, sounds like we are being occupied. I do thank you for your dedication and help with this drug problem and support the effort %110.
Maureen Rossi February 04, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Thank you Paul for your insight and comments and points well made. Big Pharma has been a tremedous help to me as I have a rare form of rheumatoid arthritis which cause me to lose my vision a few years back and almost crippled me. I am very greatful for the medicines I have received throughout my life. However, Big Pharma does pump out an inordinate amount of opiates, Maybe I am wrong, maybe the problem lies with the doctors who "overprescribe". Always open to new ideas and opinions. THank you Paul.
kpfb911 February 04, 2012 at 05:42 AM
Lots of undercovers patroling kp lately good job scpd
John Massaro February 22, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Problem is the Police are just as clueless & out of touch with today's youth as they were back when they were "narc-ing" us as kids. Sure fire sign you're talking to an undercover cop - He asks you if you have any "dope" on you. Only cops use the word "dope". The badge on the bead chain hidden under his shirt is another sure-fire giveaway. These guys aren't exactly the fastest cars on the lot...
Maureen Ledden Rossi February 22, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Massaro - law enforcement (Suffolk, DEA and Smithtown Safety) are sharp enough to take down several enormous heroin rings on LI in the least few years and hundreds of small time dealers that led them to hard-core well armed dangerous gang members. I'd say these guys are proving to be the fastest cars on the lot indeed!
John Massaro February 22, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Rossi - I'd say you're just as delusional & out of touch as they are if that's the way you think that went down. Do you honestlybelieve Smithtown Safety had ANYTHING to do with that bust? REALLY? C'mon, lady... I've been accosted by more police officers than I care to remember in the past, & every one of them reminded me of Elmer Fudd with a badge. I've gotten everything from the "Do you got any dope?" bit from the guy with the badge under his shirt in the Train Station (you could blatantly see the lettering on his badge thru the shirt, it was ridiculous), to the "Your friends already told me you're guilty" schtick when they tried to arrest me for stealing my own car! (God's honest truth) I've even gotten the often-used "Good Cop, Bad Cop" cliche once. SCPD is nothing more than glorified Mall Cops with official badges. Clueless.
KPLifer February 22, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Works of a true delinquent
John Massaro February 22, 2012 at 06:44 PM
And thank you for proving my point on what the people of KP have become. Judgemental, finger-pointing, self-righteous, back-patting, upper-class "anonymous" NIMBYS with blinders on. Both sad & pathetic...
John Massaro February 22, 2012 at 06:50 PM
What ever happened to rolling a good-old-fashioned joint?
John Gruber February 22, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I'm inclined to believe John, I've heard to many stories of SCPD abusing their power to the point it's gross. anyone remember that incident behind ihop? bet you didn't get the full story either. also i think they're looking to bust kids with pot more so than the dangerous opiates/prescription stuff they should be looking for.
John Massaro February 22, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Thank You, John. Back when we were younger, we were harrassed by the police on a nightly basis. We were a good bunch of kids, we kept to ourselves, never had a history of major drugs or violence. Of course we stood on the side of 7-11 waiting for someone to buy us beers on occasion. But there were two police officers in town that had it in for us. An Officer Tom Whelan & another one I just knew as Officer Artie. These two cops decided that we were bad news & tried everything in their power to bust us on something. Illegal searches, harrassment, rifling thru our cars,holding us in the back of their patrol cars, trying to pressure us into admitting some kind of wrong-doing we had nothing to do with. They never got us on anything because we weren't that type of crowd. But try explaining that to them. Clueless & out of touch with the youth. They always were. Meanwhile, three blocks away at the Key Food Shopping Center, kids were selling acid by the truckload right under their noses. That's why to this day, I have absolutely no use for Suffolk Police enforcement of any kind. They're three steps ahead of themselves & five steps behind everybody else...
jim nayzium July 31, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Kings Park?? I thought everyone there used drugs. Main street is falling apart, parents fighting at youth sporting events, the town freak on the school board... The best kept secret on the north shore?? Get real. Heroin is the least of their problems.


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