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The Opioid Epidemic: Harsh Realities and a New Cure?

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Here are two stories on the increasingly dangerous opioid crisis in the borough.

PIX11 has a fascinating report on a new concept in fighting opioids: a vaccine being developed by doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital, which would decrease the chances of death if someone uses opioids laced with fentanyl.

They tell the story through a Bronx man who was once an addict himself gets treated at a local drug treatment center and is now helping others.

There is also a recent New York Times report which details some of the harsh realities of the epidemic for the borough, like how the south Bronx is second to West Virginia in opioid overdoses.

The article also goes into the Bronx Overdose Squad and Narcotics, which has been mapping out incidents and finding clues in victims’ cellphones to help curb drug use.

Watch the full August 9, 2019 report by James Ford in PIX11 NEWS…

Read the full August 9, 2019 report by Annie Correal in NEW YORK TIMES…

thisistheBronx news summary by: Diego Barcacel Peña

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