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NY1 looks into NYC’s opioid crisis with a special report and town hall

NY 1 - NY1 on Tuesday night looked into the opioid epidemic in the city with a special report, along with a live town hall, at which safe injection sites were hotly debated.

That special report introduced us to people who are touched by the opioid epidemic, people battling opioid addiction, law enforcement who work to cut supplies on the streets, families that have lost oved ones.

The live town law hall event included some of them and other New Yorkers who have been personally affected.

Earlier this month the city released a study showing the mayor's support to pilot …

K2 Eyed as Culprit After 14 People Overdose in Brooklyn

New York Times - Efraín Rodriguez said he had never witnessed anything like what happened on Saturday near the Brooklyn cafe where he works.

As he was standing outside the Loma Coffee Shop on Broadway, near Myrtle Avenue, in the heart of a bustling transit hub, several people who were smoking started falling to the ground, Mr. Rodriguez, 47, a janitor, recalled on Sunday.

“They would take two puffs and bam, they’d drop right there,” he said. “People just started falling to the ground. Right here, there were three strewn on the sidewalk,” he added, pointing toward the pavement. “Over …

Schumer: Deadly ‘super pills’ are making opioid epidemic even worse

New York Post - More than a million high-dose opioid “super pills” are prescribed by doctors every month, creating an opioid epidemic that’s “on steroids,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday.

A single super pill has at least 80 morphine equivalents, a dosage the senator said is rarely needed in pain management. The OxyContin brand of super pills has the dosage power of 24 Vicodin tablets in one swallow.

“Gaining access to these drugs often begins with the stroke of a doctor’s pen, but can lead down a dark and dangerous path that either fuels opioid addiction or results in overdose …

What Explains The Rising Overdose Rate Among Latinos?

NPR - The tall, gangly man twists a cone of paper in his hands as stories from nearly 30 years of addiction pour out: the robbery that landed him in prison at 17; never getting his GED; going through the horrors of detox, maybe 40 times, including this latest, which he finished two weeks ago. He's now in a residential unit for at least 30 days.

"I'm a serious addict," says Julio Cesar Santiago, 44. "I still have dreams where I'm about to use drugs, and I have to wake up and get on my knees and pray, 'let God …

Dr. Rogelio Lucas and Lydia Lucas Convicted on 30 Counts: Conspiracy and Criminal Sale of Prescriptions for Controlled Substances

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, announced today that a Manhattan Supreme Court jury returned a guilty verdict against Dr. ROGELIO LUCAS and his wife LYDIA LUCAS, who managed her husband’s medical practice. The LUCASES were convicted on one count of Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree and 29 counts of Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance following a four-week trial. A licensed internist since 1972, Dr. LUCAS surrendered his medical license in April of 2016 while criminal charges were pending.

As proven at trial, Dr. LUCAS and LYDIA LUCAS operated a medical practice at …

The Hard-to-Trace Ingredient Behind Skyrocketing Cocaine Deaths

The Atlantic - In the United States, more people are dying because of synthetic drugs like fentanyl than because of heroin or prescribed painkillers. While, to many, the opioid crisis has been synonymous with heroin and prescription pills, a report published Tuesday in JAMA Psychiatry builds the case that the class of synthetic drug is increasingly making its way into other drugs like cocaine and leading to overdoses. From 2010 to 2016, more and more overdose deaths have been found to be caused, at least in part, by drugs like fentanyl.

In a way, this isn’t exactly news. The same …

America’s Fentanyl Problem Is Reaching a Whole New Group of Users

Mother Jones - On a clear day in the summer of 2016, an ambulance arrived at the Yale New Haven Hospital carrying a man in his 60s with the classic signs of an opioid overdose: His breathing had stopped, his heart had slowed, and his blood pressure had dropped. Over the next six hours, 11 more people were admitted with similar symptoms, three of whom died. At first, the cause of the overdose cluster appeared to be the usual: Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid up to 100 times more powerful than morphine, had probably made its way into a batch of …

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