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Plattsburgh Police arrested a Colonie man this weekend for transporting drugs after a traffic stop on the Adirondack Northway.

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Ulster County has had its first ever manslaughter conviction resulting from an overdose death, in a case involving fentanyl-laced drugs. The county district attorney says this sends a strong message, yet such a conviction is just one part of the equation.

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In New York, Orange County officials announced on Thursday that 40 defendants were indicted for drug trafficking. The indictments stem from a mainly undercover operation.

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The Ulster County executive has declared a public health emergency due to recent spikes in fentanyl-related deaths. The declaration came the day before county officials arrested a Kingston man on narcotics charges and recovered 10,000 bags of fentanyl and heroin.

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In New York, the Ulster County executive has declared a public health emergency due to recent spikes in fentanyl-related deaths. Fentanyl is 50-times more potent than heroin.

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Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington says an increased amount of fentanyl-laced heroin has hit area streets. The Democrat spoke with WAMC Thursday about the connection between the batch and rising overdoses in the region, as well as increasing domestic violence rates and the coming arraignment of a Great Barrington police officer for drunk driving in April.

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer was in Albany today at the Albany County Courthouse,  pushing legislation known as POWER, or the Providing Officers with Electronic Resources Act.

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U.S. Democratic Senator Charles Schumer was in the Hudson Valley Tuesday. He was there telling local police departments and elected officials that he will try to secure funding for high-tech detection tools in the battle against opioid addiction.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer made a few stops in the Hudson Valley Tuesday. The senior Democrat’s first stop was in Putnam County, outside the sheriff’s department in Carmel. He was there to promote a bill he says would help law enforcement on the front lines of the opioid crisis.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Plattsburgh, New York recently to promote the distribution of funds that will allow local law enforcement officers to obtain technology to detect the presence of fentanyl in the field.

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Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Orange County, New York Monday to announce legislation to combat online opioid sales. He spoke at the Middletown Police Department, alongside a woman whose son died from an overdose two years ago.

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The opioid addiction crisis continues to grip upstate New York as well as the rest of the country. On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer visited Schenectady to tout new legislation that is aimed at combatting the influx of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that can be many times more potent and lethal than heroin.

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A new report by Vermont's Health Department shows that drug overdoses from both heroin and prescription drugs spiked in the state last year.

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The Vermont Health Department is warning street drug users that an especially deadly strain of heroin is circulating in several parts of the state, including central Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom.

      The death rate from the opioid crisis in Massachusetts continues to rise with a powerful synthetic painkiller playing an increasingly larger role.

As Massachusetts moves on several fronts to respond to the opioid addiction crisis, the state has closed what police and prosecutors said was a loophole in the state’s drug trafficking laws.

A new law criminalizing the trafficking of the powerful drug fentanyl goes into effect in Massachusetts Tuesday.

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A North Adams doctor who allegedly prescribed fentanyl to a drug addict who died of an overdose has had his medical license suspended.


In the midst of a opioid addiction crisis in Massachusetts, there is an effort to close a loophole in the state’s drug trafficking laws.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced the filing of legislation Monday to make it a crime to traffic fentanyl — a synthetic painkiller that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin. Healey said drug cartels have figured out how to manufacture fentanyl and are sending it out on the streets where many heroin addicts are unknowingly using it.


Confirmation that the overdose deaths of two brothers found dead in Burlington last month was caused by the high-powered drug fentanyl has re-focused attention in Vermont on the drug that can be 100 times more powerful than morphine.