Staten Island’s overdose death toll dropped 26% in 2017 — with Naloxone saving 286 potential victims

Daily News - The number of Staten Island’s fatal drug overdoses plunged dramatically in 2017, aided by use of the opioid antidote Naloxone to resuscitate 286 potential victims.

The death toll fell from 116 in 2016 to 86 in 2017, a steep drop of roughly 26%, according to preliminary numbers released Thursday by the NYPD and the Staten Island District Attorney.

“Each of those 86 lives lost should serve as a continued reminder of the five-alarm fire we face in dealing with this drug epidemic,” said the borough’s chief prosecutor, Michael McMahon. “This battle is far from over.”

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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 …