Ex-Brooklyn pol busted in Medicaid, painkiller scam hit with more charges

Daily News — A former Brooklyn state assemblyman previously busted for his role in a Medicaid and painkiller scam was slapped with additional charges Wednesday, authorities said.

Alec Brook-Krasny, 59, an ex-rep whose district covered Coney Island, surrendered to the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor to face additional charges in connection to a scheme in which three Brooklyn clinics acted as pill mills.

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Overdose Deaths Increased by Half in New York City Last Year, and Fentanyl is to Blame

New York City recorded 1,374 unintentional drug overdoses last year, a jump of 46 percent compared with the 2015 total of 937, according to new data released by the city this week. That marked the sixth consecutive year that fatal overdoses increased in the city, and the rate rose among all demographic groups, said the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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Drug Deaths in America Are Rising Faster Than Ever

NEW YORK TIMES — Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States, according to preliminary data compiled by The New York Times.

The death count is the latest consequence of an escalating public health crisis: opioid addiction, now made more deadly by an influx of illicitly manufactured fentanyl and similar drugs. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50.

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Law Enforcement Disrupts Active Heroin Packaging Operation: Up to $2 Million in Narcotics Seized

Law Enforcement Disrupts Active Heroin Packaging Operation: Up to $2 Million in Narcotics Seized

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, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas J. Spota, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill and George P. Beach II, Superintendent of the New York State Police, announced the seizure of up to $2 million in heroin from a packaging mill and a vehicle in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx.

Yesterday afternoon, members of the New York Drug Enforcement …