West Hempstead is a census-designated place and a hamlet in Nassau County with a population of close to 20,000 people. The hamlet of West Hempstead is an unincorporated area of the town of Hempstead within the county. Substance abuse, such as with opioids, has affected many residents, families, and individuals living within the county. According to a Nassau County Health Needs Assessment from May 2013, the stigma associated with addiction and substance abuse has prevented many people from getting help. During 2013, the abuse of pain medication was starting to take off and more people were becoming addicted to these drugs. Prescriptions for pain medication was being given out consistently and was not as tightly regulated as it is in 2020 within New York State. According to the Nassau County Opioid Crisis Action Plan Task Force Report, in 2016, fentanyl was responsible for most of the opioid-related deaths. During that same year, the number of opioid-related deaths peaked reaching close to 200, which was a 138% increase from the number of opioid-related deaths in 2010. From 2016 onwards to the end of 2019, the number of opioid-related deaths within the county continued to decrease. Much of the decrease has to do with tighter regulations surrounding the prescribing of prescription opioids. However, drugs such as heroin are now flooding the streets and other illicit drugs such as methamphetamine and cocaine are becoming more popular. There are drug detox centers and substance abuse treatment across the country to help anyone struggling with addiction. Call one our of treatment specialists and we will help you find the right rehabilitation program for you!