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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 …

The First Count of Fentanyl Deaths in 2016: Up 540% in Three Years

The New York Times - Drug overdoses killed roughly 64,000 people in the United States last year, according to the first governmental account of nationwide drug deaths to cover all of 2016. It’s a staggering rise of more than 22 percent over the 52,404 drug deaths recorded the previous year — and even higher than The New York Times’s estimate in June, which was based on earlier preliminary data.

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At Least $3 Million Worth Of Dangerous Fentanyl Found In UWS Drug Bust

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A major drug bust went down recently at an Upper West Side apartment, where investigators said the drugs they found are worth at least $3 million.

As CBS2’s Jessica Layton reported Monday night, the drugs are also extremely potent.

The arrests happened on Friday, but neighbors were just hearing about them three days later. It is hard to believe that the charming, seven-story brick apartment building on the leafy Upper West Side was just recently the site of one of the largest fentanyl busts in New York City history.

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Law Enforcement Disrupts Active Heroin Packaging Operation: $4 Million in Narcotics Seized in the Bronx and Yonkers, N.Y., Five Arrests

    

Law Enforcement Disrupts Active Heroin Packaging Operation: $4 Million in Narcotics Seized in the Bronx and Yonkers, N.Y., Five Arrests

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, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, George P. Beach II, Superintendent of the New York State Police, and Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced the seizure of approximately 18 kilograms of heroin (nearly 40 pounds), worth up to $4 million, from a packaging mill in the Morris Heights neighborhood of the …

City campaign aims to inform all drug uses about dangers of fentanyl: ‘It could be in any street drug’

Daily News - The message delivered by a new city public service campaign is simple and stark: Fentanyl kills.

With drug-related fatalities reaching a record high last year, the city’s special narcotics prosecutor unveiled a website and a cautionary television ad airing in both English and Spanish.

“I believe it is critically important to try to reach all New Yorkers to inform them of the lethal threat presented by fentanyl,” said Bridget Brennan, the city’s special narcotics prosecutor.

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