When heroin kills, the appeal grows — and policing the drug becomes harder

At the retail end of the global heroin trade, local heroin rings repackage pounds of the drug into single-serve doses and push the product to its final destination: the user. From there, the next stop is often a hospital emergency room or a morgue, as an epidemic of heroin-related overdoses and deaths continues its creep across the country. In Virginia, an intensive crackdown on heroin … Continue reading When heroin kills, the appeal grows — and policing the drug becomes harder

7 Staggering Statistics About America’s Opioid Epidemic

Every year millions of Americans use opioids to manage pain. Doctor-prescribed opioids are appropriate in some cases, but they just mask the pain—and reliance on opioids has led to the worst drug crisis in American history. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American College of Physicians, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have issued guidelines and reports urging health care providers to pursue safe nondrug … Continue reading 7 Staggering Statistics About America’s Opioid Epidemic

During the Course of CPR, Powerful Opioid Caused Brooklyn Officers’ Overdose at Nightclub

Officials say the substance that sent six people, including two police officers, to the hospital Friday morning in Brooklyn tested positive as fentanyl. Fifteen people were at Roxy’s Exotic Club on Madison Avenue just before 3 a.m. Friday when the overdoses occurred, according to Illinois State Police Captain Timothy Tyler. Brooklyn Police Lt. Antonio White previously said contact through CPR is believed to have sent two officers, a … Continue reading During the Course of CPR, Powerful Opioid Caused Brooklyn Officers’ Overdose at Nightclub