Tag: Fentanyl

Overdoses Surged During the Pandemic. How Do We Stop Them?

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Tuesday, New York became the first city in the United States to open officially authorized injection sites: medically supervised locations where drug users can find clean needles, naloxone — a medication that reverses overdoses […]

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Fentanyl in Bottle Kills Toddler, and Father Is Charged

One night in June, according to court papers, 22-month-old Charles Rosa-Velloso’s father prepared a bottle of formula and gave it to him in the apartment where they were living at a homeless shelter on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The next morning, Charles was found face down in bed and covered in vomit. He was soon […]

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Why So Much Fentanyl Is Being Seized at the Border

Fentanyl seizures skyrocketed at the United States-Mexico border in 2021. (Photo: David Maung/Bloomberg via Getty Images.) MEXICO CITY—Fentanyl seizures at the United States-Mexico border more than doubled in 2021 to surpass heroin for the first time ever. But experts say the COVID-19 border shutdown may explain the record numbers because it gave agents more time […]

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Here’s What Really Happens at Safe Drug Injection Sites

A model of a safe injection site in San Francisco. AP Photo/Eric Risberg  At least two people’s lives were saved within the first few hours of New York City opening the only supervised injection sites in the U.S.  As of Tuesday afternoon, 72 people had used the two sites located in East Harlem and Washington […]

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Give People Safe Drugs

“This is a crisis and in crises you can start to innovate,” Pardo said. “It’s well past time.” Perhaps because of the scale of the overdose crisis, innovations are everywhere. The Drug User Liberation Front, an activist group in Vancouver, has distributed free heroin in doses that were measured and tested negative for fentanyl. Distributing […]

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Inside Fentanyl’s Mounting Death Toll: ‘This Is Poison’

Today the drug is far simpler to obtain. Fentanyl is primarily manufactured in China, which sends it or the raw ingredients, called precursors, on cargo ships to Mexico, where it is finished by cartels, according to Ben Westhoff, the author of “Fentanyl, Inc. How Rogue Chemists Created the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic.” It […]

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Overdose Deaths Reached Record High as the Pandemic Spread

“Many people are dying without knowing what they are ingesting,” she added. People struggling with addiction and those in recovery are prone to relapse. The initial pandemic lockdowns and subsequent fraying of social networks, along with the rise in mental health disorders like anxiety and depression, helped create a health maelstrom. So, too, did the […]

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The US Just Put a $5 Million Bounty on El Chapo’s Brother

El Chapo’s brother Aureliano Guzmán Loera, known by his alias El Guano, now has a price on his head.  (Photo via Twitter @HSIPhoenix) MEXICO CITY—The U.S. government is beefing up its search for high ranking members of the Sinaloa Cartel, including the brother of incarcerated kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera.  The move comes as […]

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Mac Miller Death: Man to Plead Guilty to Fentanyl Distribution

A Los Angeles man has agreed to plead guilty to distributing the fentanyl pills that the rapper Mac Miller consumed before he died of an accidental overdose in 2018, according to court documents. Under the agreement with federal prosecutors, the man, Stephen Andrew Walter, 48, would serve 17 years in prison. Mr. Walter was one […]

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D.E.A. Warns of ‘Alarming’ Increase in Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills

Pointing to an “alarming” increase in fatal overdoses, the Drug Enforcement Administration warned on Monday that a record number of the 9.5 million fake prescription pills it had seized in the United States this year contained lethal amounts of fentanyl. For the first time in six years, the agency took the step of issuing a […]

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Medical Examiner Confirms Michael K. Williams’ Cause Of Death

Source: Imeh Akpanudosen / Getty UPDATED: 4:30 p.m. ET, Sept. 24: Originally published: Sept. 6 The cause of celebrated actor Michael K. Williams‘ tragic death earlier this month was confirmed on Friday by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office. Williams’ death, which was ruled an accident, was caused by the lethal combination of fentanyl, […]

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