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Enough Fentanyl to Kill 32M People Seized in Single NYC Bust: Prosecutors

NBC New York - Authorities confiscated nearly 195 pounds of fentanyl in a pair of busts that prosecutors said included one sting that netted 32 million lethal doses of the drug, an opioid 50 times stronger than heroin.

Four people were arrested after the busts in August and September that also netted 75 pounds of heroin and cocaine. Bridget G. Brennan, New York City's special narcotics prosecutor, said the busts come as overdose deaths hit an all-time high in New York's five boroughs in 2016.

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D.A. McMahon and Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan: Columbia University Capstone Report Reveals Scope of Staten Island’s Opioid Epidemic, Addresses Serious Gaps in Local Treatment Options

D.A. McMahon and Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan: Columbia University Capstone Report Reveals Scope of Staten Island’s Opioid Epidemic, Addresses Serious Gaps in Local Treatment Options

**Independent academic report finds opioid addiction in the borough transcends age, race, location, and socioeconomic status; some areas with the most overdoses are also the most underserved in terms of treatment clinics**

Staten Island, N.Y. – Richmond County District Attorney Michael E. McMahon and Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York Bridget G. Brennan today released the findings of a Columbia University capstone research report that analyzes the scope of opioid …

Investigations Lead Law Enforcement to Recover 270 Pounds of Fentanyl, Heroin and Cocaine with a Street Value of over $30 Million

     

Investigations Lead Law Enforcement to Recover 270 Pounds of Fentanyl, Heroin and Cocaine with a Street Value of over $30 Million

NYC’s Record Large Seizure of Fentanyl in Queens: Up to 32 Million Lethal Doses

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Carl J. Kotowski, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New Jersey Division, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown and Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced the seizure of 122 kilograms of narcotics (nearly 270 …

Heroin-laced Fentanyl Operation Dismantled across the Street from Public School 115 in Manhattan

Heroin-laced Fentanyl Operation Dismantled across the Street from Public School 115 in Manhattan

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 and New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill announced three arrests and the seizure of one and a half to three kilograms of pre-packaged individual dose glassine envelopes filled with suspected heroin-laced fentanyl across the street from P.S. 115 in Manhattan.

On September 14, 2017 at approximately 6:30 p.m., members of the DEA New York Division Group D-34, Investigators from …

The U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Council on Foreign Relations - The United States is grappling with one of its worst-ever drug crises. More than six hundred people a week die from opioid-related overdoses, and some experts say the death toll may not peak for years. Meanwhile, millions more Americans suffer from opioid addiction.

The crisis has reached such a scale that, beyond the risks it poses to public health, it is becoming a drag on the economy and a threat to national security. Analysts say the problem started with the overprescription of legal pain medications, like oxycodone, but note that it has intensified in recent …

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 …

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