New York City's Wealthy Neighborhoods See Spike in Heroin Deaths

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Overdoses are down in Staten Island, but overall things are still ugly.

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Three Rikers Guards Indicted for Smuggling Cocaine and Oxycodone Into the Jail

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The correctional officer-jail inmate relationship is often a fraught one, rife with resentment, misunderstandings and violence. But sometimes, just sometimes, the two groups can put aside their differences and work together. That's the silver lining we can take from the news that two current Rikers COs, Steven Dominguez and Divine Rahming, have been charged with smuggling cocaine and oxycodone into the prison with the help of an inmate and his girlfriend. Another former Rikers guard, Deleon Gifth, who resigned earlier this year, was arrested Monday on charges that he was paid $500 to deliver what he thought was oxycodone to an inmate back in February.

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Google Maps Helpfully Directs Users to Brooklyn's "Drug Section"

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A funny thing happens if you type "drug section Brooklyn" into Google: the omniscient Interweb points you to a precise Bensonhurst corner.

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Here Are Three Things New York Can Do Right Now To Save Heroin Addicts From Overdose

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It's been three days since Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in a West Village apartment, reportedly surrounded by the detritus of his addiction: a needle, baggies full of heroin, other empty bags, prescription drugs. News stories have retraced his last days, speculated tastelessly on what his death means for the Hunger Games' final installment, and wondered whether the drugs that appear to have killed him were laced with fentanyl, a powerful painkiller that's recently made an unwelcome reappearance in the Northeast's heroin supply.

Yesterday, though, a test of the heroin in the actor's apartment found no trace of fentanyl. At the same time, four people, three men and one woman, were arrested in lower Manhattan on suspicion of having sold Hoffman the drugs that may have led to his death. The city's medical examiner is expected to release an official cause of death for him today.

It's important to do a few things here, quickly, while our minds are still collectively on addiction and the huge, brutal loss of losing someone so universally beloved to something so vile. The truth is, heroin addicts can stay safer, even when they're not ready to get clean. And as a city, we can help them.

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Teacher Busted With Heroin Inside a Courthouse Is an Islamic Studies Scholar

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It appears that carrying 20 bags of heroin into a city courthouse is not a firable offense in New York City. In a ruling released yesterday, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez found that Damian Esteban, found with 20 bags of heroin when he reported for jury duty last October, must be allowed to keep his job at Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design, overturning the Department of Education's original firing.

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Cops: Driver High on Drugs Crashes Into a Bus Carrying Disabled Children [UPDATE]

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Update: This post has been updated throughout.

A Long island driver allegedly high on drugs crashed into a bus carrying disabled children this morning. The driver's Jeep crossed over the yellow line at 1345 Connetquot Avenue in Central Islip just after 8 a.m., colliding with the bus and causing both vehicles to burst into flames. There were five aboard the bus--the driver, two wheelchair-bound children, and two matrons attending to them.

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NYPD Narcotics Detectives Busted Up An Alleged Shabbat-Observing Drug Ring

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The Sheepshead Bay apartment building there the ring was allegedly based.
We're not saying that you deal drugs. And you really shouldn't. But in the event that you decide to dabble in the controlled substance arts, it seems important to keep several things in mind. Things like: deal only with people you know. Don't send incriminating mass text messages to your huge customer list, things like "Shop is now opened DOB, Blues, kpins, subs & white girl." Besides being poorly-punctuated, narcotics officers will quickly decode that one, inferring that you have for sale several different varieties of drugs: heroin that you've name-branded "D.O.B.," along with Oxycodone, Klonopin, Suboxone (a prescription drug people usually take to get off opioids) and cocaine.

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John Liu Wants to Legalize Marijuana and Use the Proceeds to Make College More Accessible

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In a report provided to NY1, mayoral candidate John Liu suggested that New York legalize weed, license dispensaries, and use the money to halve tuition at CUNY. We at Runnin' Scared think this is an inspired idea, and that Albany should get to work as soon as possible. This comes just two days after Attorney General Eric Holder gave a speech condemning our national approach to drug offenses. Here's an interesting thought: Could it be that investing in education is a better way of addressing urban crime and poverty?

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There is a Long and Storied Tradition of Selling Drugs Out of Ice Cream Trucks in New York

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My favorite flavor is chocolate-meth swirl.
Yesterday the Observer and NBC New York reported that 20-year-old Mina Gatas was arrested in Bay Ridge for using an ice cream truck as a front for his drug-dealing business in what police called "Operation Snowcone." Runnin' Scared thought the simplicity of Gatas's scheme was genius. It was so simple that we were surprised no one had thought of it before.

In fact, someone had thought of it before. Many someones. Turns out, New York has a deep history of drug-pushers leading double lives as ice cream men, in all boroughs and even on Long Island. Here are four of our favorites, culled from across the Internet.

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BREAKING: Comptroller Candidate Kristin Davis Arrested For Selling Prescription Drugs

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Kristin Davis, the Manhattan Madam-turned-very dark horse Comptroller candidate, has been arrested on charges of selling prescription drugs. Davis was taken into custody today in Manhattan by the FBI. Among the drugs she is accused of peddling are oxycodone, Ambien, and amphetamine, the active ingredient in Adderall.

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