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Feds renew efforts to combat New York mounting opioid epidemic

December 23, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds renew efforts to combat New York mounting opioid epidemic

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The federal government has established new attacks on people they believe are feeding New York’s opioid epidemic.

On Thursday, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn filed heroin- and fentanyl distribution charges against a man from Staten Island who was responsible for two near-fatal overdoses, and increased charges against a doctor to lay a fatal overdose at his feet.

Prosecutors said the heroin provided by Hitsous almost killed two women, who overdosed inside the home.

Both women were saved by emergency personnel who managed to revive them, according to the New York Daily News.

After the near deaths, the 26-year-old dealer still sold drugs. On Wednesday, authorities searched his residence and seized 85 bags of heroin.

On Thursday, Magistrate Judge Steven Gold required Hitsous to enroll in-patient treatment at his arraignment in Brooklyn federal court.

Prosecutors also announced new charges filed against doctor physician Martin Tesher.

Six months after investigators said Tesher scribbled prescriptions leading to the dispensing of 2.2 million oxycodone pills, their indictment said Tesher distributed oxycodone and fentanyl patches that led a Staten Island man’s death in 2016.

Nicholas Benedetto, 27, died two days after the doctor prescribed him the oxycodone and fentanyl patches. Court records said Benedetto’s mother told emergency responders her son was smoking the patches.

The 81-year-old doctor is facing between 20 years to life if found guilty. On Thursday, he pleaded not guilty.

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