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It’s a nationwide opioid epidemic: Do you know what’s in your pill cabinet?

CNBC - What happened the last time you were prescribed an opioid? If you're like most people, you didn't finish them — and didn't dispose of them — in effect, making you a potential source of illicit drugs and addiction that has been exploding across America.

This rogue supply of painkiller is alarming, given the latest data on addiction deaths: Even after years of heightened attention from politicians and the press to the nationwide opioid epidemic, 2016 saw an increase in overdose deaths of 21 percent, with rates of synthetic-opioid deaths doubling, according to the Centers for Disease Control and …

The First Count of Fentanyl Deaths in 2016: Up 540% in Three Years

The New York Times - Drug overdoses killed roughly 64,000 people in the United States last year, according to the first governmental account of nationwide drug deaths to cover all of 2016. It’s a staggering rise of more than 22 percent over the 52,404 drug deaths recorded the previous year — and even higher than The New York Times’s estimate in June, which was based on earlier preliminary data.

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At Least $3 Million Worth Of Dangerous Fentanyl Found In UWS Drug Bust

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A major drug bust went down recently at an Upper West Side apartment, where investigators said the drugs they found are worth at least $3 million.

As CBS2’s Jessica Layton reported Monday night, the drugs are also extremely potent.

The arrests happened on Friday, but neighbors were just hearing about them three days later. It is hard to believe that the charming, seven-story brick apartment building on the leafy Upper West Side was just recently the site of one of the largest fentanyl busts in New York City history.

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Nearly 20 Pounds of Fentanyl and Heroin Seized from an Apartment on Central Park West in Manhattan and a Vehicle: One Firearm

     

Nearly 20 Pounds of Fentanyl and Heroin Seized from an Apartment on Central Park West in Manhattan and a Vehicle: One Firearm

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New York Division, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, Angel M. Melendez, Special Agent-in-Charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II announced the seizure of approximately nine kilograms (nearly 20 pounds) of suspected fentanyl and heroin from an apartment building across …

City campaign aims to inform all drug uses about dangers of fentanyl: ‘It could be in any street drug’

Daily News - The message delivered by a new city public service campaign is simple and stark: Fentanyl kills.

With drug-related fatalities reaching a record high last year, the city’s special narcotics prosecutor unveiled a website and a cautionary television ad airing in both English and Spanish.

“I believe it is critically important to try to reach all New Yorkers to inform them of the lethal threat presented by fentanyl,” said Bridget Brennan, the city’s special narcotics prosecutor.

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Public Service Campaign Warns of Deadly Fentanyl’s Presence in New York City’s Illicit Drug Market

Public Service Campaign Warns of Deadly Fentanyl’s Presence in New York City’s Illicit Drug Market

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, announced today the start of a public service and prevention campaign highlighting the increased presence of fentanyl in New York City’s illicit drug market, and alerting the public to the heightened risk of overdose death.

Illicitly manufactured fentanyl is approximately 50 times stronger than heroin and is driving a historic spike in overdose deaths in New York City. Last year, drug-related fatalities in the city reached an all-time high of 1,374 deaths, representing a 46% increase …

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