Michael K. Williams’ Cause of Death Was a Drug Overdose, Authorities Say

The actor known for “The Wire,” who was found dead in his apartment earlier this month, died of intoxication by a mixture of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl. He had been open about his struggle with addiction.

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The Cocaine Was Laced With Fentanyl. Now 6 Are Dead From Overdoses.

The deaths over three days in Suffolk County reflect a dangerous shift in the street-drug marketplace, according to police and prosecutors.

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The Cocaine Was Laced With Fentanyl. Now Six Are Dead From Overdoses.

The deaths over three days in Suffolk County reflect a dangerous shift in the street-drug marketplace, according to police and prosecutors.

#cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-policy-alliance, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #fentanyl, #long-island-ny, #naloxone-drug, #opioids-and-opiates, #southold-ny

Helping Drug Users Survive, Not Abstain: ‘Harm Reduction’ Gains Federal Support

Overdoses have surged during the pandemic. Now, for the first time, Congress has appropriated funds specifically for programs that distribute clean syringes and other supplies meant to protect users.

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We pee or flush drugs into waterways—does that matter to aquatic life?

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When people flush their old prescription (or off-prescription) drugs, the compounds invariably make their way into the waters nearby. The same is true even when people using these chemicals urinate them into the sewage system. Once there, these compounds—from prozac to cocaine—can end up in the bodies of aquatic creatures. And, research suggests, the chemicals can impact them: birth control, for instance, affects frog breeding after it enters the water.

We metabolize many of the drugs we take, and water treatment plants remove some of rest. But some concentration can still remain as the water is released to the surrounding lakes and streams.

So far, there’s not been much research into how, if at all, other drugs like cocaine and various opioids, affect aquatic life—but scientists say negative effects are not wholly impossible. And there is now some evidence that at least some classification of drugs do cause trouble. New research suggests that a common antidepressant, citalopram, can change the behavior of crayfish, making them bolder than they would be otherwise.

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San Francisco Contends With a Different Sort of Epidemic: Drug Deaths

More people died from overdoses than from the coronavirus in San Francisco last year. Some think the toll, tied to homelessness, should force the city to re-examine its approach to illicit drugs.

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Drug Overdose Deaths Have Surged During the Pandemic, C.D.C. Says

The latest numbers surpass even the yearly tolls during the height of the opioid epidemic and mark a reversal of progress against addiction in recent years.

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In My Hometown, Opioids Are Still Stealing Lives

A decade ago, it was already a crisis. But it feels like its getting worse.

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In Chauvin Trial, Medical Examiner Says Police Were Main Cause of Floyd’s Death

Dr. Andrew Baker, who performed the official autopsy of George Floyd, said that fentanyl and heart disease had contributed to his death, but that the officers’ actions were the main cause.

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Dr. Martin Tobin, Chauvin Trial Expert Witness, Dismisses Talk of Overdose

A pulmonologist told jurors that Derek Chauvin pressed 86.9 pounds onto the neck of George Floyd, who tried to push himself off the pavement with his fingertips.

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Courteney Ross, George Floyd’s Girlfriend, Says Opioid Addiction Was a Struggle They Shared

The testimony was partly an effort by the prosecution to show that Mr. Floyd had a high tolerance for fentanyl, which could undercut any argument that he died of a drug overdose.

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George Floyd’s Girlfriend Says Opioid Addiction Was a Struggle They Shared

The testimony was partly an effort by the prosecution to show that Mr. Floyd had a high tolerance for fentanyl, which could undercut the defense’s argument that he died of a drug overdose.

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Former Angels Employee Charged in Pitcher’s Overdose Death

Tyler Skaggs, who had fentanyl and oxycodone in his system at the time of his death, would not have died if not for the fentanyl, federal prosecutors said on Friday.

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Myanmar Raids Reveal New Production of a Killer Drug

After dominating the global methamphetamine trade, crime syndicates in Myanmar are starting to make fentanyl, the drug that has fueled the U.S. opioid crisis.

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