Twenty-nine people face federal or state charges in connection with an alleged oxycodone and heroin ring that operated in the lower Hudson Valley.
In addition to 17 people named in a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday, New York State has charged 12 people in a related prosecution. Authorities say drug activities took place at a trailer park, motels, and Palisades Center Mall parking lots. Rockland County Executive Ed Day, a former police commander, calls the takedown significant.
White House officials have provided more insight into the president’s plan to fight heroin and opioid addiction in his annual budget proposal. As WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports, officials in the Northeast have already declared it a crisis.
On a conference call with White House and other federal officials, more details were provided on the president’s proposals to fight drug addiction within his 2016 budget.
Office of National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Michael Botticelli said the country is having trouble quantifying the epidemic of heroin and opioid addiction.
The fight against heroin has led to a spike in headline-grabbing overdose deaths and police activity. But it also means there are more recovering addicts in need of long-term support. Now, a community group in Warren and Washington Counties is hoping to make a difference.
A freshman New York state senator is pushing forward with what he said was a priority if elected – beating back the scourge of the heroin epidemic. He is unveiling his plan this evening in Westchester County.
Republican state Senator Terrence Murphy will be at Mount Pleasant Town Hall in Westchester to roll out his agenda for stemming the heroin epidemic.
Members of law enforcement, educators, health care, and treatment experts and others gathered at the Guilderland Town Library Tuesday evening for a panel discussion on heroin and opiate addiction. The panel was organized by Albany Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy.
The opioid and heroin epidemic is increasingly being felt in emergency rooms and jails across the country. Meanwhile, a community organization in Berkshire County has been focusing on the crisis for some time.
A recent traffic stop that led to two arrests for heroin possession in Washington County, New York, near the Vermont border is bringing attention to an ongoing issue of the transport of illegal drugs over state lines.
A traffic stop by state troopers early Tuesday on Route 149, west of the Village of Fort Ann, led to two arrests on charges of heroin possession with intent to sell.