The tainted cocaine drug overdoses that took the lives of 5 people this past week in New York began on Friday, September 20th, killing a 38-year-old man after he ingested the laced cocaine. The next day (Saturday) the death toll continued and took the life of a 40-year-old man also suspected to have used the same tainted cocaine. This past Tuesday the Yonkers police announced that there were three other overdose deaths which are likely to be connected to this same batch of tainted cocaine.
Long Island has historically been a favorite destination for tourists. Its beautiful sandy beaches, the Hamptons, wine country, club life, cuisines, and museums give Long Island bragging rights to fun and relaxation…but there is also a dark side, the substance dependence problem on Long Island.
Mental health awareness continues to increase in recent years and more employers are addressing the importance of mental health benefits for their workers. One of those employers is Starbucks, and the CEO Kevin Johnson recently went over the changes that are being implemented for the coffee giant.
Calvin Klein club drug is a dangerous mix of ketamine and cocaine
There is a new club drug cocktail that is killing our youth and authorities are helpess to stop it. The ‘Calvin Klein’ drug tragically took the life of a young violinist who was a musical prodigy. The drug is come to be known as the ‘Calvin Klein’ drug because it goes by the initials ‘CK,’ that reference the brand name known throughout the world. CK is a cocktail drug that is a mixture of cocaine and ketamine. The young violinist died from an accidental overdose of the drug in London on Thursday, July 11th, 2019.
In 2017 an estimated 1.7 million Americans suffered from substance abuse problems related to opiate pain relievers. An additional 652,000 battled with heroin use disorder. If those numbers were not terrifying enough, the deaths tolls that have resulted from America’s Opioid Crisis are staggering. In 2017, Americans lost 47,600 people to opiate-related deaths. This includes prescription painkillers, street drugs like heroin, and synthetic opiates such as fentanyl. These numbers are just for the year 2017. No one knows this epidemic better than the residents of Long Island, New York, and the surrounding areas.
by Annie Yang
The opioid epidemic is a silent killer. Silent in the sense that in society, you hear about individual instances in which an actor or artist overdoses but collectively we fail to come together to talk about the entirety of the problem. We mourn the death of the individual and pass prayers and condolences. Sometimes we even shame the individual’s choices and decisions that ended them in the situation that they are in. But what we rarely do is talk about it. In a culture where we constantly point fingers and shift blame, we don’t see the damage it is causing when as a collective group, we fail to acknowledge the problem and work towards a common goal.
Many individuals struggling with substance abuse and their loved ones are often confronted with the heavy burden of expenses when making a decision about getting professional help. Addiction is a disease that comes knocking when you least expect it, but holding back from seeking help only makes your condition get worse.
Binghamton, New York, has proven to be another stop on the newest Fentanyl pipeline that supports the ever increasing opioid epidemic in the United States. A massive drug bust of Fentanyl, Heroin, and Meth occurred on November 30th, 2018 in Binghamton, NY. The amount seized has been said to have the potential to kill 500,000 people. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid used to cut heroin in order to increase the strength, thus sales, and also lower the cost of producing higher quality heroin.
Railroad services provide intercity travel for countless Americans across the country. Drug addiction does not discriminate when it comes to socioeconomic status or employment and many Amtrak workers struggle with substance use disorders. Drug rehab for Amtrak employees focuses on providing a medical detox for stabilization and inpatient rehab for a complete recovery.