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State of Addiction

State of Addiction

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

Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018 at 01:00 PM EST

Teen Athletes Supplied With Hundreds of Pain Pills

Teen Athletes Supplied With Hundreds of Pain Pills

As the opioid crisis sweeps the tri-state, some young athletes are getting hooked after getting injured while playing sports. John Chandler reports.

Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 06:07 PM EST

NYC Borough Creates Special Court for Opioid Users

NYC Borough Creates Special Court for Opioid Users

The Bronx courts system and the borough's district attorney's office on Monday announced a special drug court in hopes of combating opioid addiction. Erica Byfield reports.

Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 at 05:35 AM EST

Drug Counselors Go Out in NYC to Clean Up Paraphernalia

Drug Counselors Go Out in NYC to Clean Up Paraphernalia

Mayor de Blasio is going after drug companies while organizations are going out on foot trying to keep addicts alive. Checkey Beckford reports.

Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 at 01:08 AM EST

NYC Files Blockbuster $500M Opioid Suit Against 'Big Pharma'

NYC Files Blockbuster $500M Opioid Suit Against 'Big Pharma'

New York City filed a $500 million lawsuit Tuesday against prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors, seeking to hold them accountable for their alleged part in the city's opioid epidemic.

Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 at 12:04 AM EST

Darryl Strawberry Shares His Addiction Story

Darryl Strawberry Shares His Addiction Story

After years of struggling with drugs and alcohol, former Met and Yankee Darryl Strawberry is now clean and sober. Strawberry is now trying to save others from this state of addiction. Greg Cergol reports.

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.