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Authorities Are Cracking Down on Opioid-Peddling Doctors

Associated Press (PITTSBURGH) — The pain clinic tucked into the corner of a low-slung suburban strip mall was an open secret.

Patients would travel hundreds of miles to see Dr. Andrzej Zielke, eager for what authorities described as a steady flow of prescriptions for the kinds of powerful painkillers that ushered the nation into its worst drug crisis in history.

At least one of Zielke’s patients died of an overdose, and prosecutors say others became so dependent on oxycodone and other opioids they would crowd his office, sometimes sleeping in the waiting room. Some peddled their pills near tumble-down storefronts …

State ad campaign warns of bogus referral schemes for addiction treatment centers

Daily News - State officials on Wednesday launched a new campaign to protect people struggling with substance abuse from being victimized by bogus referral services.

The state, working with New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers, is distributing posters to treatment centers around the state warning patients about “patient brokering” - a practice where brokers collect payments from addiction treatment providers in exchange for referring patients to those programs.

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U.S. Life Expectancy is Falling Because Fentanyl Drug Overdoses are Killing Americans in Terrifying Numbers

Newsweek - Late last year, a man went to his 10-year high school reunion in a small town just outside of Charleston, West Virginia. His close-knit community meant no one was forgotten a decade after graduation. “Everyone knows who is there and who is not there,” said Dr. Daniel Ciccarone, a researcher from the University of California, San Francisco.

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Killer Tide: A Crisis Years In The Making

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Opioid overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States, killing more people than gun violence and car crashes.

WCBS reporter Marla Diamond, who shared a 10-week series on the opioid crisis earlier this year, is now wrapping up 2017 with a follow-up series.

New York City’s special narcotics prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan tells Diamond that overdose deaths in the city are “climbing at an alarming rate.” Last year’s 1,340 overdoses set a record in the city, which is likely to be broken this year.

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Mexican traffickers making New York a hub for lucrative — and deadly — fentanyl

Huffington Post - The middle-aged couple in the station wagon went shopping at a New Jersey Walmart on a warm night in August. They stopped for dinner at an IHOP on the way home. And when they arrived at their apartment building in a quiet residential section of Queens, the narcotics agents ­following them got a warrant to go inside.

They found several suitcases loaded with brick-shaped bundles of what appeared to be heroin. But lab tests determined that most of it — 141 pounds — was pure fentanyl, a synthetic and supremely dangerous opioid 50 times more powerful than …

C.D.C. Reports a Record Jump in Drug Overdose Deaths Last Year

New York Times - Deaths by drug overdose in the United States surged last year by more than 17 percent over 2015, another sign of the growing addiction crisis caused by opioids, according to a report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Preliminary data from the 50 states show that from the fourth quarter of 2015, through the fourth quarter of 2016, the rate of fatal overdoses rose to nearly 20 people per 100,000 from 16.3 per 100,000. The C.D.C. had previously estimated that about 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016, with the highest …

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