Opioid Crisis Fuels Sex Trafficking On Long Island

Jun 11, 2019
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Authorities say the opioid epidemic has created a new problem on Long Island. The drug crisis makes it easy for gangs and drug dealers to make money from sex trafficking.  

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Connecticut officials met in Hartford Monday to discuss a recent spike in opioid overdose deaths in the city. Seven people died from overdoses last week – five within 15 hours of each other.

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Paramedic Peter Canning walks through Hartford’s Pope Park. He picks up empty heroin baggies as he passes by athletic fields, a public pool and a picnic pavilion where a few people appear to nod off.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo wants New York’s Department of Financial Services to investigate reports of nurses being denied life insurance for carrying the opioid reversal drug Naloxone.

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Former Purdue Pharma chair Richard Sackler, writing in emails with an acquaintance, blamed the victims of the opioid epidemic. That’s according to unredacted court documents released Tuesday by Connecticut Attorney General William Tong.