Opioids

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Mike Baggerman
October 28, 2017 - 3:00 am
LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WBEN) - The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The drug takeback will accept any prescription drug that is expired, unused, or unwanted anonymously and with no questions asked. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps. Below is a...
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(WBEN/AP) In ringing and personal terms, President Donald Trump on Thursday pledged that "we will overcome addiction in America," declaring opioid abuse a national public health emergency and announcing new steps to combat what he described as the worst drug crisis in U.S. history. (SEE VIDEO BELOW...
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Acting US Attorney JP Kennedy (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
October 27, 2017 - 3:00 am
LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WBEN) - When you think of the United States Attorney's Office and the opioid epidemic, the first thought typically leans towards prosecuting high-profile drug dealers. That rings true for the local branch in Western New York, but Acting US Attorney JP Kennedy explained other methods...
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Mike Baggerman
September 17, 2017 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - A new program is will be unveiled on Monday in Western New York in the latest effort to battle the opioid epidemic. It's called "Scared to Death" and while the name may appear to be a "scared-straight" program, it's actual intent is not to scare the addict but instead show...
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WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman
Mike Baggerman
September 15, 2017 - 3:50 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - A federal grand jury returned an indictment which charged Pablo Lugo III with distribution of fentanyl which caused the death of a 22-year-old woman. Lugo, 22, faces 20 years to life in prison. According to the indictment, he provided the heroin on March 28, 2015. He made an...
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WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman
Mike Baggerman
August 10, 2017 - 3:58 pm
HAMBURG, N.Y. (WBEN) - Along with enjoying the various foods, rides, animals, and other activities at the Erie County Fair, County Executive Mark Poloncarz said on Thursday that attendees at the fair can learn how to battle the opioid and addiction epidemic at the fair. "Erie County Departments...
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Mike Baggerman
July 17, 2017 - 1:14 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Erie County Family Courts is on the receiving end of a five-year federal grant of $2.125 million which will go to the Erie County Family Treatment Drug Court Enhancement Initiative. The purpose of the money is to help families and addicts impacted by the opioid and addiction...
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Allan Harris
July 09, 2017 - 7:29 am
(WBEN/AP) After three defendants fatally overdosed in a single week last year, it became clear that Buffalo's ordinary drug treatment court was no match for the heroin and painkiller crisis. Now the city is experimenting with the nation's first opioid crisis intervention court, which can get users...
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Photo: Blink of an Eye
Mike Baggerman
June 14, 2017 - 2:57 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Blink of an Eye, a short film which was released on June 6, highlighted a fictional scenario where a Buffalo woman fatally overdosed during heroin under a bridge. Following the fictional portion of the film, Robert Sagliani, an actual heroin addict, was shown snorting a...
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Drugs at one of the raids.
Niagara Falls Police
Richard Root
June 08, 2017 - 5:58 am
Niagara Falls, NY (WBEN) - Thirteen people were arrested yesterday in drug raids conducted across the city of Niagara Falls. The raids were mostly at residences known for drug activity. One suspect had been arrested 59 times and one of the houses had 91 complaints lodged against it. Six of the...
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