The overdose death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman grabbed international headlines. In the Lower Hudson Valley, we have witnessed the growing use of heroin, and the loss, for several years. In the last week of January, three suspected heroin overdose deaths occurred in Westchester.
At 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, an Editorial Spotlight discussion will focus on those questions and more as we examine the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse and heroin use. Panelists include:
Michael E. Zall, a Suffern lawyer whose 34-year-old son, Jeremy, died last year of a drug overdose.
Join us at lohud.com/editorialspot light, and participate via live chat, or via Twitter by using #lohudreacts; email comments before the discussion to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos: Above, a Sept. 1, 2012 file photo of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman arriving for the premiere of ‘The Master’ at the 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. Hoffman’s death has drawn attention to a New York City heroin trade so sophisticated that getting the drug delivered to your door is nearly as easy as ordering a pizza. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File); Below, in a Jan. 30, 2014 photo provided by New York City’s Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, a table with packaging materials for distribution of heroin is located in a Bronx apartment during a police raid of the location. According to prosecutors it was a sophisticated operation, where workers with coffee grinders and scales toiled around the clock to break down bricks of heroin into thousands of tiny, hit-sized baggies, bearing such stamped brands as “Government Shutdown” and “NFL.” (AP Photo/Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor)