Probe into Staten Island woman’s OD death leads to bust of narcotics traffickers, say officials

Staten Island Advance - Spurred by a probe into a 24-year-old woman's overdose death in West Brighton nine months ago, authorities have dismantled an alleged narcotics-trafficking ring which peddled heroin, fentanyl and cocaine on Staten Island, around the city and in Newark, N.J., authorities said Wednesday.

Three borough residents were among the seven suspects arrested, including Mack (Butter) Patterson, 33, who authorities believe supplied the deadly drugs, stamped with the brand name "Passion," to the victim.

Click to view full article.

Goldman Sachs thinks the opioid crisis is so bad it’s affecting the economy

CNBC - The opioid crisis has major costs for the U.S. economy, including the labor market, David Mericle, senior U.S. economist at Goldman Sachs, said in a Wednesday note.

The report is one of the first from a major Wall Street bank focused on the growing epidemic killing more than 90 Americans every day.

"The opioid epidemic is intertwined with the story of declining prime-age participation, especially for men, and this reinforces our doubts about a rebound in the participation rate," Mericle said.

Click to view full article.

Seven Arrested in New York City and New Jersey Following Staten Island Overdose Death

Seven Arrested in New York City and New Jersey Following Staten Island Overdose Death

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill and Richmond County District Attorney Michael E. McMahon announced today the arrest and indictment of seven alleged narcotic traffickers for allegedly selling heroin, fentanyl and cocaine in New York City and Newark, N.J. The investigation began after a 24-year-old woman fatally overdosed in Staten Island.

An indictment filed by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor contains charges of Conspiracy and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance. Arraignments are …

From Opioid Epidemic’s Front Lines, Filling In the Brutal Back Story

(New York Times) ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. — As a county coroner here, Frank Whitelaw has an unusual perspective to share with local students on the opioid crisis. He is the one who examines the bodies.

But it is the families of the victims who get to him. “That is the most heart-wrenching part of this job,” he said. “I can deal with bodies all day and all night, to a degree, but when you are talking to the family, you feel that raw anguish. It’s horrible.”

Click to view full article.

No Arrests If Calling 911 During Drug Overdose: NYPD

NBC New York — An NYPD public service campaign aims to alert drug users - and witnesses - that they won't be arrested if they call 911 during an overdose emergency.

The campaign will be focused on areas like Staten Island and the Bronx where drug use is highest.

Under the state's 911 Good Samaritan Law, people who need emergency care for a drug or alcohol overdose can call 911 without fear of arrest. That also applies to someone who witnesses an overdose.

Click to view full article.