Dynamite In the News

February 24th, 2016

Shortage Of Addiction Counselors Further Strained By Opioid Epidemic

s the drug-related death toll rises in the United States, communities are trying to open more treatment beds. A But an ongoing labor shortage among drug treatment staff is slowing those efforts. By EMILY CORWIN for NPR Read More

February 23rd, 2015

Poison Pill

The state of Kentucky may finally get its deliverance. After more than seven years of battling the evasive legal tactics of Purdue Pharma, 2015 may be the year that Kentucky and its attorney general, Jack Conway, are able to move forward with a civil lawsuit alleging that the drugmaker misled doctors By MIKE MARIANI for Pacific Standard Read More

January 15th, 2016

For Teenagers, Adult-Sized Opioid Addiction Treatment Doesn’t Fit

Addicted to prescription painkillers after a high-school sports injury, Cameron Burke moved on to heroin, which was cheaper and more easily accessible. His parents tried everything, more than once sending him out of state for treatment. By HEIDI BENSON for NPR Read More

September 8th, 2014


Can Staten Island’s middle-class neighborhoods defeat an overdose epidemic? Joseph D’Agosto, a paramedic with the Fire Department’s 23rd E.M.S. Battalion, on Staten Island, is the best person in New York City. By IAN FRAZIER for The New Yorker Read More

November 9th, 2015

Heroin Is Killing a Shocking Number of Twentysomethings in This Small New York Town

There have been 12 fatal overdoses in the last three years. Heroin continues to kill the young people of Averill Park, New York, and its surrounding communities at an alarming rate. In Cosmopolitan Read More

September 19th, 2016

Staten Islanders speak out at rally for drug epidemic

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Michele Minogue Spangler is a mom on a mission. The New Dorp mother, who lost her son, Allan "AJ" Spangler, to a drug overdose three years ago, is just one of many Staten Islanders who traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 4th annual FedUp! Rally and march to Capitol Hill on Sunday. By SUSAN LUNNY KEAG for SIlive.com Read More

April 4th, 2015

Heroin is making a comeback in New York City, with fatal overdoses outnumbering homicides

It's more lethal in 21st century New York than a handgun or a switchblade. It’s a tiny bag of white powder — heroin. Smack is back big time in the Big Apple, where fatal overdoses outnumber homicides and law enforcement seized roughly $300 million worth of heroin in 2014. By THOMAS TRACY for New York Daily News Read More

July 21st, 2016

Heroin and Pill Overdoses Claim Immigrant Victims, Catching Families Off Guard

In the last two years, the director of an Islamic funeral home in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, burried six young men. Heart attacks, some neighbors said, but the whispers and witnesses said something else: heroin. By LIZ ROBBINS for The New York Times Read More

September 28th, 2014

Overdose deaths spur families to march on Mall over opioid epidemic

Activists at the “Fed Up!” rally Sunday on the Mall. They protested what they say is lax federal oversight of opiods as the number of overdose deaths rises By AARON C. DAVIS for The Washington Post Read More

September 23rd, 2014

Combat Heroin

In June, Governor Cuomo signed into law a package of bills to combat the epidemic of heroin, opioid, and prescription drug abuse in New York State.  Read More

September 8th, 2014

The Antidote

Can Staten Island’s middle-class neighborhoods defeat an overdose epidemic? BY IAN FRAZIER for The New Yorker Read More

August 28th, 2014

Heroin’s Death Toll Rising in New York, Amid a Shift in Who Uses It

By J. DAVID GOODMAN for The New York Times Read More

May 4th, 2014

Heroin’s New Hometown

On Staten Island, Rising Tide of Heroin Takes Hold By J. DAVID GOODMAN and MICHAEL WILSON for The New York Times Read More