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N.Y. pol says fentanyl kills nearly three times the number of Vegas shooting victims daily as he pushes crackdown

Daily News - A Staten Island state senator said Thursday that the drug fentanyl kills far more people on average every day than the recent Las Vegas mass shooting, yet doesn't generate nearly the same outrage.

Sen. Andrew Lanza made the comments at a Staten Island event with Gov. Cuomo to push a bill to crack down on the makers of the deadly drug.

“Recently we watched in horror the Las Vegas shooting in which 59 of our fellow citizens lost their lives,” Lanza said. “It was described as America’s worst mass murder, but if you look at the math, …

Authorities Take to Social Media to Combat ‘Cancer’ of Fentanyl Addiction

NBC New York - Fentanyl abuse has been most prevalent on Staten Island in the South Bronx, but it’s affecting families in every corner of the city, with the number of overdoses increasing rapidly over the past couple of years, officials say.

Now authorities have started an awareness campaign to warn New Yorkers about the dangers of the powerful drug, which has left families picking up the pieces of their loved ones battling addiction.

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‘Dominican Hulk’ and auxiliary cop busted in gun, drug sting

Daily News - An auxiliary cop and a body builder who calls himself the Dominican Hulk were busted with four others in a drug and gun sting, authorities said Wednesday.

The felonious sextet was undone by a crafty undercover officer, who convinced them to sell him $30,000 in cocaine, heroin and the steroids in 19 transactions.

Auxiliary cop Ramon Espinal, who is assigned to the 23rd Precinct in East Harlem, was tied up in the sale of an illegal gun, according to Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan.

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The Bronx’s Quiet, Brutal War With Opioids

New York Times - The bodies turn up in public restrooms, in parks and under bridges, skin tone ashen or shades of blue. The deceased can go undiscovered, sometimes for hours, or days if they were alone when they injected heroin and overdosed.

Terrell Jones, a longtime resident of the Bronx, was pointing to the locations where overdoses occurred as he drove through the East Tremont neighborhood, the car passing small convenience stores, rowhouses and schools.

“This is sometimes where people are being found, in their houses, dead,” said Mr. Jones, 61, looking toward a housing project along 180th Street. …

US opioid crisis: 41 states to investigate big pharma’s ‘role’

Al Jazeera:  US President Donald Trump has called the opioid crisis a “national emergency”.  There are also calls for pharmaceutical companies to share more of the blame. At least 41 states including New York have now joined together to investigate big pharma. Some have already filed legal cases alleging deceptive marketing practices. Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports from New York.

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Manager at Bronx McDonald’s arrested for allegedly selling cocaine with fast food

Daily News - Want fries with that coke?

The night shift manager at a Bronx McDonald’s has been busted for serving up cocaine with fast food, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Frank Guerrero, 26, worked at the 24-hour McDonald's on Bruckner Blvd. by Morrison Ave. in Soundview for eight years. During that time, he often unlocked the doors to sell drugs in the middle of the night, prosecutors said.

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