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10/30/17 10:00am
Cliff Owen / Associated Press Photo Fentanyl is often mixed into bags of heroin, creating a lethal combination that, according to officials, users are not always aware of.

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Fentanyl is often mixed into bags of heroin, creating a lethal combination that, according to officials, users are not always aware of.

A federal task force has been created to tackle the opioid crisis in New York State, home to some of the nation’s highest overdose rates, and it will be stationed on Long Island, according to a press release issued Friday by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s office. (more…)

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01/25/17 4:30pm
Cliff Owen /Associated Press Photo | Fentanyl is often mixed into bags of heroin, creating a lethal combination that, according to officials, users are not always aware of.

Cliff Owen /Associated Press Photo | Fentanyl is often mixed into bags of heroin, creating a lethal combination that, according to officials, users are not always aware of.

To get a sense of just how potent the synthetic opioid fentanyl is, DEA special agent Erin Mulvey explained that one dose is the size of a grain of salt. Now picture two grains of salt, she continued: “You can overdose on that.”

It’s a startling image made even more alarming by statistics released recently by the Suffolk County Department of Health. In the ongoing battle against opioid addiction, fentanyl — a prescription drug that’s finding its way onto the streets in an illegally manufactured form — has surpassed heroin as the county’s deadliest drug.

To date, at least 130 Fentanyl-related overdoses have been confirmed countywide for 2016, up from 84 the year before. Meanwhile, Suffolk recorded 94 heroin overdose deaths and 45 combined fentanyl-heroin deaths last year.

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04/01/15 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Nurse Mary Kanarvogel explains the importance of immunizations to protect children and their classmates.

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Nurse Mary Kanarvogel explains the importance of immunizations to protect children and their classmates.

“To me, it’s not even a question.”

That’s Shelter Island School Nurse Mary Kanarvogel on the controversy about immunizing children prior to their enrolling in school. (more…)

03/24/15 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Getting a read on potential colon cancer may no longer require a trip to the hospital.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Getting a read on potential colon cancer may no longer require a trip to the hospital.

Between the dreaded preparation and procedure itself, no one would call getting a colonoscopy a barrel of laughs.

But reluctant would-be patients should take heart: In August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Cologuard, the first non-invasive DNA screening test for colorectal cancer. (more…)