New York Times - Two days after Christmas, Darwin Santana-Gonzalez, a curly-haired 1-year-old, was toddling around a Bronx apartment where, the police said, a potent mixture of heroin and fentanyl was being prepared, stamped and packed for sale.
Daily News - New Yorkers will be shocked to discover that a new bail statute, passed as part of the state budget, mandates pretrial release of hundreds arrested for top narcotics crimes. Unless a defendant faces a single, seldom-charged narcotics offense, the new law requires judges to treat cartel associates the same as low-level street dealers when it comes to bail. This change arrives in the midst of an opioid epidemic, when overdoses are killing thousands of New Yorkers each year, far more than all violent crimes combined.
SI Advance - Staten Island’s district attorney and New York City’s special narcotics prosecutor (SNP) both say certain aspects of state-wide bail reform could hinder drug prosecutions.
NY Daily News - Michael Cammarata and his girlfriend were charged Friday with the murder of Cammarata’s estranged wife Jeanine after the schoolteacher’s burned remains were found in a Staten Island storage locker...
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.