The Bronx’s Quiet, Brutal War With Opioids

New York Times - The bodies turn up in public restrooms, in parks and under bridges, skin tone ashen or shades of blue. The deceased can go undiscovered, sometimes for hours, or days if they were alone when they injected heroin and overdosed.

Terrell Jones, a longtime resident of the Bronx, was pointing to the locations where overdoses occurred as he drove through the East Tremont neighborhood, the car passing small convenience stores, rowhouses and schools.

“This is sometimes where people are being found, in their houses, dead,” said Mr. Jones, 61, looking toward a housing project along 180th Street. …

US opioid crisis: 41 states to investigate big pharma’s ‘role’

Al Jazeera:  US President Donald Trump has called the opioid crisis a “national emergency”.  There are also calls for pharmaceutical companies to share more of the blame. At least 41 states including New York have now joined together to investigate big pharma. Some have already filed legal cases alleging deceptive marketing practices. Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports from New York.

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Manager at Bronx McDonald’s arrested for allegedly selling cocaine with fast food

Daily News - Want fries with that coke?

The night shift manager at a Bronx McDonald’s has been busted for serving up cocaine with fast food, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Frank Guerrero, 26, worked at the 24-hour McDonald's on Bruckner Blvd. by Morrison Ave. in Soundview for eight years. During that time, he often unlocked the doors to sell drugs in the middle of the night, prosecutors said.

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Enough Fentanyl to Kill 32M People Seized in Single NYC Bust: Prosecutors

NBC New York - Authorities confiscated nearly 195 pounds of fentanyl in a pair of busts that prosecutors said included one sting that netted 32 million lethal doses of the drug, an opioid 50 times stronger than heroin.

Four people were arrested after the busts in August and September that also netted 75 pounds of heroin and cocaine. Bridget G. Brennan, New York City's special narcotics prosecutor, said the busts come as overdose deaths hit an all-time high in New York's five boroughs in 2016.

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