DEA pulls record amount of fentanyl from NY streetsPosted: Updated:
The Drug Enforcement Agency says it took nearly a half-billion dollars' worth of the potentially deadly drug fentanyl off New York streets, making for a record-breaking year for seizures of the drug in the state.
White Plains psychologist Ross Fishman says the drug is powerful even in small doses.
The Hudson Valley has been plagued by opioid deaths. According to the commissioner of health in Westchester County, the centers of heavy opioid use are in Yonkers and in northeast Westchester.
In Westchester, one person dies of an overdose every three days.
DEA officials are targeting drug trafficking operations. They denied drug traffickers $355 million in 2018 through seizures statewide. But Fishman says the DEA needs to focus on the pharmaceutical companies that dole out too many drugs and aren't taken to task for it.