A family dentist in New York City said Thursday that it has closed its dental office because of the rising opioid epidemic that has taken over the state.
The Rockland Family Dental and Clinics Association announced Thursday that its board of directors voted to close its Rockland office because it was no longer able to provide the necessary services, including dental and vision care, to the patients.
The family dentist’s closure follows the closure of the Rockland City Council-run Rockland Office for Family Dentistry last year after more than 1,000 patients died.
Rockland Mayor Steven Roth said that while the decision to close the office was an important one, it was a “small step” in addressing the opioid crisis.
Roth also said that the closure “will not have a significant impact on the community” and that the community will remain safe.
“I am proud of our residents, and we know that we can work together to ensure the safety and security of our communities,” he said in a statement.
“As we have throughout this opioid crisis, we will continue to be focused on improving patient access and services to help the most vulnerable people in our community.”