Author Archives: Thomas Nugent

The coronavirus is fuel on the nation’s opioid addiction fire

New York Daily News- Last week, when Melissa Etheridge announced that her son had died of an opioid overdose, the nation was reminded of the toll that the addiction crisis is taking on families.

Etheridge’s family is not alone. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic is fueling the fire of our national addiction epidemic; overdose deaths are on the rise. The combination of social distancing, increased financial stress, loss of work, lack of structured time and uncertainty about the future — coupled with disruption to traditional and local care services — is creating a perfect storm for existing mental health and addiction …

Coronavirus-stamped heroin/fentanyl glassines seized in the Bronx: Six individuals charged

Packaging mill produced over $1 million worth of individual dose envelopes stamped “Coronavirus,” “24 Black Mamba,” “Hiroshima,” “Isis,” “Antrax” and “95”

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New York Division, New York City Police Commissioner Dermot F. Shea and New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett announced the arrests of six individuals in connection with a large-scale alleged narcotics packaging and distribution network operating in the University Heights neighborhood of the Bronx.

A long-term investigation into a narcotics trafficking operation in New York …