NPR - Men are dying after opioid overdoses at nearly three times the rate of women in the United States. Overdose deaths are increasing faster among black and Latino Americans than among whites. And there's an especially steep rise in the number of young adults ages 25 to 34 whose death certificates include some version of the drug fentanyl.
U.S. News - Courtney Locker was 12 years old when she started abusing prescription pills. By age 14, she was addicted to heroin.
Her drug use wasn't addressed until a couple of years later when her mother, Tracey Cavacino, sent her to a Utah ranch for at-risk teens. Tracy had enrolled her daughter at Turn-About Ranch to treat her anxiety and depression; she was not aware her daughter was addicted to heroin.
News12 The Bronx - The Bronx has more opioid overdose deaths than any of the five boroughs, according to numbers from Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan.
The Bronx also lands on top in terms of risk of dying from deadly drugs, according to a Columbia University report.
NY Daily News - A Staten Island drug dealer pleaded guilty Wednesday to manslaughter for selling a batch of fentanyl-laced heroin that killed one of his customers.
CNN - Fentanyl is now the most commonly used drug involved in drug overdoses, according to a new government report. The latest numbers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics say that the rate of drug overdoses involving the synthetic opioid skyrocketed by about 113% each year from 2013 through 2016.
NPR - For the second time in three years, life expectancy in the U.S. has ticked downward. In three reports issued Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laid out a series of statistics that revealed some troubling trend lines — including rapidly increasing rates of death from drug overdoses and suicide.
NY Times - A class of synthetic drugs has replaced heroin in many major American drug markets, ushering in a more deadly phase of the opioid epidemic.
New numbers Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that drug overdoses killed more than 70,000 Americans in 2017, a record. Overdose deaths are higher than deaths from H.I.V., car crashes or gun violence at their peaks. The data also show that the increased deaths correspond strongly with the use of synthetic opioids known as fentanyls.