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To battle opioid crisis, some track overdoses in real time

To battle opioid crisis, some track overdoses in real time

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Overdose tracking systems are giving near real-time glimpses into the ravages of the opioid-fueled drug crisisBy MICHAEL HILL Associated PressDecember 23, 2019, 7:44 PM5 min readALBANY, N.Y. -- Drug overdose patients rushed to some emergency rooms in New York's Hudson Valley are asked a series of questions: Do you have stable housing? Do you have food? Times and location of overdoses are noted, too. The information is entered into a new overdose-tracking system that provides near real-time glimpses into the ravages of the opioid-fueled drug crisis. The Hudson Valley Interlink Analytic System is among a number of surveillance systems being adopted around the country by police, government agencies and community groups. While the number of drug overdose deaths appears to have fallen nationa...
Doctor accused in deaths of 5 patients from opioid overdoses

Doctor accused in deaths of 5 patients from opioid overdoses

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A Pennsylvania doctor who prescribed nearly 3 million doses of opioids during a recent 19-month period has been charged with causing the overdose deaths of five people, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The U.S. attorney's office in Harrisburg said Dr. Raymond Kraynak, 60, of Mount Carmel, was indicted on five counts of drug delivery resulting in death, 12 counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and two counts of using his doctor's offices as "drug-involved premises." Prosecutors said a state monitoring program identified Kraynak as having issued the most opioid prescriptions of any physician in Pennsylvania over the 19 months that ended in July. Authorities did not disclose the names of the five patients but said they died between 2013 and 2015. A federal public defend...