Heroin

Substance abuse is a growing problem in Onondaga County, and Crouse Hospital has the only dedicated treatment center. Crouse Spokesperson Bob Allen told County Lawmakers extra funding is needed to expand the facility. 

“The facility that we describe as 410, where the bulk of our programs are housed, we cannot physically take any more patients in that building.”

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Residents in Oswego County who are concerned about substance abuse will have a chance Monday to  meet with Congressmember John Katko who will hold his fourth town hall meeting to discuss heroin and synthetic drug abuse. Like his past events, Representative Katko will be joined by a panel of community advocates and parents, healthcare professionals, educators, prevention and treatment specialists, as well as law enforcement and first responders to answer community questions. 

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The epidemic of heroin and opioid painkiller abuse was on display in a packed forum last night at Syracuse’s Civic Center.  The event emphasized the incredible scope of the growing problem…but also some ways to attack it. 

A crowd of more than 250 people came to a weekday evening meeting which showed the size and concern over the heroin problem.  It’s pointed out by at least one statistic: an 800% increase in heroin admissions at Crouse Hospital’s treatment facility.  

(A list of treatment resources below)

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  Onondaga County’s Sheriff has a few ideas about how to reduce what he’s calling an epidemic in heroin abuse.  He’s trying to help addicts in the community as well as those behind bars. 

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  Crouse Hospital will be able to help more people with their heroin addiction thanks to assistance from the State Legislature.  Hospital treatment officials got a chance to meet some of their benefactors Tuesday.

http://www.upstate.edu/poison/news/heroin-data.php / Upstate Medical University

  Experts say heroin use is still rising in Central New York and they don’t expect the problem to improve any time soon. Local police officers have recently saved several people from overdoses by administering an antidote called Naloxone, known as Narcan. Two weeks after police saved a Cicero teen’s life, he died of another overdose. Crouse hospital’s Mark Raymond who works at the heroin treatment center says the problem stems from a rise in prescription opioids, which often lead to heroin use.

New York State Attorney General's Office

Two Syracuse men have been arrested for their roles in a large heroin distribution takedown first announced last week that was funneling drugs to the North Country.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office says 26-year-old Nilo Bachiller and 28-year-old Aundre Cole face conspiracy and drug sale charges for allegedly supplying cocaine and heroin to four other men in St.Lawrence County.  

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Nearly two dozen people from Syracuse were among 41 people  indicted Thursday on charges of operating two drug pipelines that ran through the city.  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says a heroin ring stretched across four cities to Syracuse, and another ring used the U.S. Postal Service to ship cocaine from Puerto Rico.  

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Onondaga County Sheriff's Dept.

Three people were arrested and charged Wednesday night when a month-long investigation resulted in the discovery of a methamphetamine lab in Cicero, New York. Renee Fatta, Gerald Reome, and Samuel Glenny were arrested when a search warrant was executed at 5637 Bear Road, where they ran a clandestine laboratory.

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Federal and local law enforcement agencies have broken up a large drug trafficking ring that brought heroin from Newark, NJ to the Syracuse area.  Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick says his office and the Drug Enforcement Agency began investigating the drug ring a year ago.   Federal agents seized 10,000 packets of heroin totaling 13 ounces, and 19 people have either been arrested or face arrest in connection to the ring.   The alleged leader of the trafficking organization, 41-year-old Calvin Marshall, was one of six arraigned Wednesday morning on conspiracy and drug possession charges, with Marshall accused of being a major trafficker.  Eight others have already pleaded guilty, and 7 of them have been sentenced.  Police are trying to track down the remaining five.   In addition to the heroin, investigators also seized $100,000 in cash and property, and a handgun. DA Fitzpatrick says their investigation doesn’t end with this bust; he says his office will continue to partner with federal, state, and local agencies to stop the influx of heroin into the community.   The following individuals were arrested  Tuesday in a coordinated raid:

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