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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CDC says illicit fentanyl is causing a spike in synthetic opioid deaths

The Register-Herald - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF), as opposed to pharmaceutical fentanyl, is the main driver of the recent increase in deaths involving synthetic opioids (other than methadone).

From 2010 to 2015, annual overdose deaths involving opioids in the U.S. increased by nearly 57 percent, with a notable rise in deaths attributed to synthetic opioids, which are opioids made from chemicals in a lab, such as fentanyl, tramadol and Demerol. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

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