The town of Hempstead is one of three cities in Nassau County part of Long Island. The town is situated in the southwestern part of the county along the western half of Long Island. The population of Hempstead is estimated at over 55,600 people, with a median age of 33 years old. Approximately 20% of the people are living below the federal poverty line. Many people who are living in poverty are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. Unfortunately, substance abuse and addiction create more problems making it more challenging to get out of poverty. Throughout Long Island are families and individuals who are struggling with substance abuse or addiction. In a Long Island Business News article, the area was ground zero for the heroin and opiate epidemic. Long Island has a dense population consisting of many young people. The number of overdose deaths involving opioids increased by 27% between 2015 and 2016. Fentanyl related deaths across Long Island rose by 175%. The number of drug overdose deaths in Nassau County among those aged 15 to 44 years old, accounted for 32% of all overdose deaths. Many of the addictions involving opioids begin with a prescription to pain medication. The person prescribed the drug becomes dependent on it leading to withdrawal pain. Eventually, physical dependency creates a psychological dependence leading to addiction. Across Long Island are some drug and alcohol treatment programs that can help families in Hempstead who are battling addiction.
Here is a list of the different services in Hempstead, New York. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.