As the death toll from opioid overdoses continues to rise, Erie County is hitting back with a lawsuit against pharmaceutical makers and doctors who prescribe the drugs. The suit alleges they helped fuel the opioids epidemic, by spreading the falsehood that the medications aren't addictive and potentially lethal.

New step therapy law called step in right direction

Feb 1, 2017
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Advocates are applauding Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signing of new step therapy legislation for 2017. However, health insurers are projecting an additional half-billion dollars in drug costs because of the law.

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The Seneca Nation's Tribal Council has recently banished 5 people from their sovereign territory for dealing illegal drugs.

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A Niagara Falls patrol officer has resigned, as she faced being fired for her suspected involvement in a Cataract City drug ring.

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The use of alcohol is often believed to be linked to college sexual assaults, but a study issued by the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions reveals new findings.

An Olean woman is facing drug-related charges after being arrested Friday afternoon.

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A drug pipeline that fed Western New York is out of business. Federal, state and local law enforcement arrested 20 suspects in Buffalo and Lockport Thursday in a bust named Operation Rolling Thunder. 

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Got drugs? Want to get rid of them - safely? West Seneca Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration are giving the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

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There is a new push for Toronto to have safe injection sites and it's coming from the city's chief medical officer of health. But before it can get federal approval, there must be a consultation process in the communities where sites are proposed. 

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The Erie County Legislature is likely to approve some new controls on pawn shops following a public hearing held Thursday.


As Western New York continues to face a drug epidemic, public health and drug reform advocates from New York City are urging state officials to consider a new alternative to the problem. Their idea? Give drug users a place to inject themselves under the supervision of healthcare professionals.

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A Buffalo resident is facing multiple charges in connection with the operation of a small Methamphetamine lab at his Riverside area home.

Overdose antidote widely available in New York State

Jul 13, 2015
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Overdose deaths in the United States have more than doubled since 1999, outpacing automobile accidents as the leading cause of injury in 35 states, including New York. A nationwide spike in the number of deaths from opioid drugs has been followed by a push for increased availability of the overdose antidote naloxone. 

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Two significant drug busts were announced Thursday, one in Dunkirk and one in Buffalo. Police say the busts show the aggressiveness of the area drug trade.

Officials report significant spike in drug overdoses

Apr 2, 2015
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Local health and law enforcement officials say there has been a noticeable spike in heroin and opioid overdoses in the first quarter of this year.

A year-long investigation has resulted in the arrest of four people in Little Valley on drug and rape charges.

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The holidays are a time to be enjoyed with friends and family, which is why Mothers Against Drunk Driving kicked off its 28th annual Red Ribbon Campaign, today.

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With the tragic news that actor and comedian Robin Williams committed suicide, experts are weighing in to offer advice for people suffering with alcohol and drug addictions and depression. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with one expert from the University at Buffalo.

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Several members of what is described as the most violent drug trafficking gang in Western New York have been taken off the streets.

Authorities bust two drug rings, arrest 32

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Authorities have broken up two large-scale drug distribution rings operating in Western New York.

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Two separate drug trafficking rings in Western New York were dealt major blows Tuesday when sealed indictments were opened and 40 people were arrested.

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Law enforcement agents targeted Allegany County on Friday, arresting eleven suspects in a drug sting operation.

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Almost 40 years to the day former New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller signed the Rockefeller Drug Laws, an effort is underway to change what some people view as the failed 'War on Drugs.'

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Four University at Buffalo students have been arrested on felony drug charges in the city's University Heights neighborhood. 

Police seized more than a half-ounce cocaine, eight ounces of ecstasy and other pills, nine pounds of marijuana, along with $64,000 in cash Friday night.

Police Commissioner Derenda says an illegally parked car on West Northrup Place in the University District led to the arrests after the drugs were on display in plain view of officers.

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Complaints and tips by city residents about drug dealing led to more than 60 arrests throughout the City of Buffalo this week.

Several law enforcement agencies from across the area teamed up with Buffalo Police in executing 103 search warrants in three days as part of Operation Power Sweep. Starting last Friday, it was the city's fourth series of drug raids this year.

Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards says the Buffalo Police Department relies on the public for information and help from other law enforcement agencies in cracking down on illegal activity

A sentence has been handed down in the case of a deadly car crash that occurred in 2011.

Phillip Kane will serve a six month jail term and five years of probation for an accident that killed his fiancee, Elisa Mandella. Kane was found to have drugs in his system at the time of the accident.

A longer sentence could have resulted after a trial, but, citing the Corasanti case, the family wouldn't risk Kane's possible exoneration.

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A Buffalo teen has lost his life in a Saturday shooting on Buffalo's West Side.

Police officers from Buffalo's "B" District responded to reports of a shooting at nearly two o'clock in the afternoon. The body of a 19 year old male was found at the corner of Massachusetts Street and Shields Avenue. He was transported to Buffalo General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Homicide detectives believe that drugs were involved in the incident and they continue to investigate.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Confidential TIPCALL Line at 847-2255.

The Canadian doctor who faced charges in the US of smuggling drugs and human growth hormone across the border has been cleared of charges up north.

Canadian authorities have issued a stay against Dr. Anthony Galea, the sports doctor known to have treated Alex Rodriguez, Tiger Woods and other high-profile athletes.

Galea was given a year of unsupervised release in US courts and faces no prison time.

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Law enforcers say they've broken up a drug ring on Buffalo's East Side involving three generations of one family as well as close family friends.

Nine people have been indicted on various drug counts.  Facing the most counts is 58-year-old Theresa Anderson of Buffalo.  If convicted, she could face life in prison.  Investigators say she was the matriarch of this drug-dealing operation that first began small in 2000 and, over the next dozen years, acquired properties and expanded into a 24/7 operation.