New York Times - The accused drug dealer known as EZ pulled up to his supplier’s spot on Staten Island, turned to the customer beside him and, according to prosecutors, boasted that they were about to score the most potent heroin on the market. So strong that a bag recently used by his friend’s father had killed the man.
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.
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.
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 …
Daily News - As opioids claim an ever-greater number of American lives, the DAILY NEWS turned to the nation’s top medical specialists for what the addicted and their loved ones need to know. We will keep it updated until this crisis is past.
(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.”
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.