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State of Addiction

State of Addiction

An investigation into the opioid epidemic killing tens of thousands of Americans every year

Tuesday, Aug 27, 2019 at 02:46 AM EDT

NYC Overdose Deaths Drop a Bit, but Still ‘Far Too Many'

NYC Overdose Deaths Drop a Bit, but Still ‘Far Too Many'

Overdose deaths in New York City declined slightly last year after years of alarming increases, health officials say. There were 1,444 fatal overdoses citywide last year, down 2.6% from 2017, according to data...

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 at 05:46 PM EST

Mayor Pledges Millions to Fight Bronx Opioid Epidemic

Mayor Pledges Millions to Fight Bronx Opioid Epidemic

The city will pump $8 million to tackle the opioid epidemic in the Bronx, where overdose deaths were up 9% between 2016-2017 -- compared to a 2% increase in the other boroughs. Andrew Siff reports.

Friday, Jun 22, 2018 at 01:27 PM EDT

House Passes Massive Package to Address Opioid Crisis

House Passes Massive Package to Address Opioid Crisis

The House of Representatives on Friday passed the largest legislative package on opioids in recent history, NBC News reported. The package, made up of 58 bills, would direct federal agencies to prioritize...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 10:03 AM EDT

FDA Approves 1st Nonopioid Drug to Ease Withdrawal Symptoms

FDA Approves 1st Nonopioid Drug to Ease Withdrawal Symptoms

Federal regulators on Wednesday approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal from quitting addictive opioids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expedited approval of Lucemyra to help combat the...

Monday, May 14, 2018 at 09:19 PM EDT

Mom Arrested in Baby's Opioid Overdose Death: NYPD

Mom Arrested in Baby's Opioid Overdose Death: NYPD

Police have arrested the mother of a 14-month-old Staten Island girl who overdosed on opioids last year after sources say investigators determined that the baby had medication in her system that belonged to her...

About the Epidemic

Opioids kill more people each year than traffic accidents, than guns; recent CDC estimates say 91 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses. Increasingly, they're killing children. New synthetic drugs are emerging -- cocktails so potent even touching them can lead to injury or death.

With tens of thousands of Americans dying opioid-related deaths every year, the president has declared a national public health emergency. Tune in for "State of Addiction," a special week-long series beginning on Monday, Dec. 11 on News 4 New York.