Hudson Valley News
7:11 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Authorities Makes Arrests In Drug Sweep Around Rockland

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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.

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New York News
4:03 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

White House Budget Looks To Combat Heroin Abuse

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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.

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New York News
4:22 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Group Seeks Support For Recovered Addicts In Hudson Falls

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  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. 

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Hudson Valley News
6:23 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

NYS Senator Unveils Plan To Combat Heroin Epidemic

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.

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Hudson Valley News
11:07 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Local Police, Feds Crack Down On Heroin Sales In Westchester

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Westchester County officials say a year-long initiative to crack down on heroin sales resulted in 20 arrests Tuesday. This brings the total number of heroin-related arrests to more than 125 for 2014.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Senator Schumer: Heroin 'Skyrocketing' In Capital Region

Senator Charles Schumer at the podium, Albany County Court House, December 1, 2015.
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New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Albany today to lead the call for getting emergency anti-drug trafficking funding into the Capital Region.

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New York News
12:34 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Assemblywoman Fahy Convenes Heroin Forum

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.

New England News
6:26 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Northern Berkshire Community Coalition Continues Opioid Awareness

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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.

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New York News
1:43 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Forum Will Address Heroin Addiction In Warren And Washington Counties

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.

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The Roundtable
10:56 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Congressional Corner With Elizabeth Esty

    The heroin scourge is being felt across state lines.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock there’s a link between guns and drugs.