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NYC-Overdoses Involving Cocaine and Fentanyl Up 26%

In a press release issued on June 1, 2017, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced that fentanyl is being increasingly found in cocaine-involved overdose deaths. The release offered some sobering statistics:
  • in 2016 37% of overdose deaths involved cocaine and fentanyl without heroin, up from 11% in 2015.
  • last year, more than 1,300 New Yorkers died of a drug overdose and 44% of those deaths involved fentanyl.
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UPDATE: NYS Commits Over $200M to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Doubling down on its financial commitment, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that NYS will commit over $200 million to combat the opioid epidemic.  As part of that commitment, $145 million has been pledged for community-based providers, $65 million for 8,000 residential treatment beds and $25 million for expanded programs, including family support navigators, peer engagement and 24/7 urgent access centers. Today's...

Death by a Snowflake-Elephant Tranquilizers

Carfentanil is a growing drug trend in the U.S.  An animal tranquilizer used on livestock and elephants with no practical uses for humans, carfentanil is as much as 100 times more potent than fentanyl. (which is 50 times stronger than heroin).  Experts suggest that an amount smaller than a snowflake could kill a person. The weapons-grade chemical is suspected in hundreds of drug overdoses in the U.S. and Canada.  It has...

State of NYS: Actions to Combat the Heroin/Opioid Epidemic

On January 10, 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an aggressive six-pronged proposal to combat the heroin and opioid crisis in New York State. Increased access to treatment, expansion of community prevention strategies and the limitation of over-prescribed opioids are part of his proposal. To read his six-point plan, see a video of his State of the State address given on Long Island and other photos, click here....