Opioid Epidemic

WBEN Photo/Matt Moran
Matt Moran
June 25, 2018 - 3:08 pm
AMHERST, N.Y. (WBEN) - A new secure drop off kiosk location has been added at the Amherst Police Headquarters. It is the 37th of its kind in Erie County where over the counter and prescription drugs as well as used syringes and needles can be disposed of. Last year 14 people died in the Town of...
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May 23, 2018 - 7:36 am
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - 12 Voices in 12 Hours is a day-long broadcast focusing on the opioid epidemic with guests offering their informed and unique perspective on the crisis all day on WBEN. The conversation started with Dr Josh Lynch, an Emergency Room physician in Buffalo. He said we are starting...
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Tim Wenger
May 22, 2018 - 9:06 am
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - There are some signs and statistics pointing to fewer deaths related to opioid overdoses and addiction, but the numbers remain staggering and overwhelming. Whatever the root cause, there is a problem with the abuse of opioid medications and the impact is far-reaching in our...
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March 28, 2018 - 6:04 am
Clarence, N.Y. (WBEN) - Many students, parents and those effected by the opioid crisis filled Clarence High School Auditorium for a "Lets Talk" forum. The panel included experts from the area as well as a man that is a recovering addict. Members of the audience spoke as well to tell stories on how...
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Tom Puckett
March 27, 2018 - 4:00 am
Lets Talk Opioid Prevention- A Live Community Forum at Clarence High School Tonight- will be broadcast at 7 pm on WBEN Hear a preview with Erie County Legislator Ed Rath HERE or watch a segment via Facebook live below Clarence, NY (WBEN) As we prepare to host a forum on battling the opioid crisis,...
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Only a day after Crime Stoppers Buffalo and Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced financial rewards for information leading to the arrest or indictment of opioid dealers, tips have been pouring in. "It shows the community wants to help" said John Flynn, who added...
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Tom Puckett
November 16, 2017 - 5:00 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announces ten arrests in a fentanyl trafficking ring stretching from WNY to California. As part of the multi-agency investigation dubbed “Operation Blue Death,” authorities seized 502 pills laced with fentanyl, over 100 grams of black tar...
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WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman
Mike Baggerman
November 08, 2017 - 5:37 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - A 166-count indictment against Dr. Eugene Gosy charges the Clarence doctor with unlawfully prescribing controlled substances which resulted in the death of six patients. Gosy, 56, was also accused of unlawfully distributing and dispensing controlled substances, including...
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WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman
Mike Baggerman
September 28, 2017 - 6:09 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - In a visit to Buffalo on Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new actions to combat the fentanyl crisis in communities across the state. Cuomo will advance legislation to add 11 fentanyl analogs to the state-controlled substances schedule, giving law enforcement the...
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Tom Puckett
September 19, 2017 - 12:45 pm
New York, NY (WBEN) A bipartisan coalition of 41 attorneys general are demanding information and documents from the manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioid drugs, part of a multistate investigation into whether the companies engaged in any unlawful practices in the marketing and...
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