Daily Archives: June 22, 2017

From Opioid Epidemic’s Front Lines, Filling In the Brutal Back Story

(New York Times) ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. — As a county coroner here, Frank Whitelaw has an unusual perspective to share with local students on the opioid crisis. He is the one who examines the bodies.

But it is the families of the victims who get to him. “That is the most heart-wrenching part of this job,” he said. “I can deal with bodies all day and all night, to a degree, but when you are talking to the family, you feel that raw anguish. It’s horrible.”

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No Arrests If Calling 911 During Drug Overdose: NYPD

NBC New York — An NYPD public service campaign aims to alert drug users - and witnesses - that they won't be arrested if they call 911 during an overdose emergency.

The campaign will be focused on areas like Staten Island and the Bronx where drug use is highest.

Under the state's 911 Good Samaritan Law, people who need emergency care for a drug or alcohol overdose can call 911 without fear of arrest. That also applies to someone who witnesses an overdose.

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