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June 10, 2024 at 10:20 PM

Man pleads guilty after fentanyl kills baby at day care

In September 2023, Felix Herrera Garcia was seen fleeing the day care out a back alley, carrying two heavy shopping bags while children were suffering from the effects of fentanyl, officials said.
June 10, 2024 at 10:20 PM
In September 2023, Felix Herrera Garcia was seen fleeing the Bronx day care out a back alley, carrying two heavy shopping bags while children were suffering from the effects of fentanyl, officials said.
June 10, 2024 at 8:40 PM

Man pleads guilty after fentanyl kills baby at day care

The husband of the owner of the New York City day care where a 1-year-old died of fentanyl poisoning pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges.
June 10, 2024 at 8:40 PM
*FILE* - Bronx Daycare owner Grei Mendez and her husband Felix Herrera-Garcia (pictured in yellow) and her cousin Carlisto Acevedo-Brito appeared in Court today with the parents of deceased 1yr old boy Nicholas Dominici in the Bronx Oct. 5, 2023.
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Overdose deaths decreased for 1st time in 5 years

Drug overdose deaths decreased slightly last year, marking the first decline since 2018, according to early data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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VIDEO: Overdose deaths decreased for 1st time in 5 years
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Drug overdose deaths fell in 2023, 1st decrease in 5 years: CDC

New provisional CDC data published Wednesday shows drug overdose deaths in the U.S. fell from 2022 to 2023, marking the first annual decline in five years.
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New provisional CDC data published Wednesday shows drug overdose deaths in the U.S. fell from 2022 to 2023, marking the first annual decline in five years.
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Drug overdose deaths fell in 2023, 1st decrease in 5 years, CDC data shows

New provisional CDC data published Wednesday shows drug overdose deaths in the U.S. fell from 2022 to 2023, marking the first annual decline in five years.
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Oxycodone pain pills prescribed for a patient with chronic pain in Norwich, Connecticut, March 23, 2016. Communities nationwide are struggling with the unprecedented opioid pain pill and heroin addiction epidemic.
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Walgreens announces it will sell a generic version of over-the-counter Narcan

Walgreens announced Wednesday it will be selling a generic version of over-the-counter naloxone, a drug that can reverse overdoses.
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A Walgreens store is seen, March 9, 2023, in Richmond, Calif.
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DEA warns of 'deadliest drug threat the US has ever faced'

Agents said they have seized more than 16 kilograms of Fentanyl powder and 60,000 Fentanyl pills while still working to break up other drug trafficking rings.
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VIDEO: DEA warns of 'deadliest drug threat the US has ever faced'
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More than 320,000 children lost a parent to drug overdose, study shows

A new study shows that more than 320,000 children lost a parent to drug overdose from 2011 to 2022. ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton explains.
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VIDEO: More than 320,000 children lost a parent to drug overdose, study shows
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Calls for fentanyl exposure have increased in kids nearly 54-fold since 2016

Calls to poison centers for fentanyl exposures in kids increased nearly 54-fold since 2016.
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DEA warns about fentanyl mixture
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Jelly Roll delivers testimony before Congress pushing for anti-fentanyl legislation

Grammy-nominated musician Jelly Roll delivered an impassioned testimony before senate as lawmakers push for new anti-fentanyl legislation.
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Jason "Jelly Roll" DeFord testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs committee, Jan. 11, 2024, in Washington, D.C.
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4 dead, more than 50 suspected drug overdoses in Austin 'outbreak': Officials

The overdoses were concentrated downtown before spreading across the city.
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The overdoses were concentrated downtown before spreading across the city.
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4 dead, more than 50 suspected drug overdoses in 'outbreak' in this city: Officials

Officials in Austin, Texas, are investigating an "outbreak" of drug overdoses with more than 50 suspected cases and at least four people dead.
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Increase in prescription-opioid overdoses in the US, study reveals

ABC News’ Dr. Jen Ashton discusses how the number of emergency visits among children for prescription opioids had decreased for a decade but increased between 2019 and 2020.
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VIDEO: Increase in prescription-opioid overdoses in the US, study reveals
3 months ago

US citizen arrested crossing border from Mexico in taxi with $130,000 of fentanyl

A U.S. citizen has been arrested crossing back into the U.S. from Mexico after authorities found an estimated $130,000 of fentanyl hidden in the taxi they were riding in.
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El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized 9.7 pounds of fentanyl with an estimated street value of $130,000.
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Health secretary weighs in on sky-high drug prices, efforts to combat them

ABC News' "Start Here" spoke with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra about the start of Medicare drug price negotiations.
4 months ago
ABC News' "Start Here" spoke with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra about the start of Medicare drug price negotiations.
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Publicis Health agrees to $350M settlement over claims it helped fuel opioid crisis

Publicis Groupe SA agreed Thursday to pay $350 million to settle claims it helped OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma fuel the opioids epidemic in the United States.
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In this Feb. 19, 2013, file photo, OxyContin pills are shown at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt.
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Oregon officials declare state of emergency to address fentanyl crisis

Oregon officials declared a 90-day state of emergency to address Portland’s fentanyl crisis as fatal synthetic opioid overdoses there have risen 533% since 2018.
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Fentanyl drug with warning label.
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Studies suggest experimental drug could be alternative to opioids: What to know

A pharmaceutical company says their new experimental drug could be an alternative to opioid-based painkillers.
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A sign hangs in front of the world headquarters of Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Boston., Oct. 23, 2019.
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New Hampshire voters who've lost children to opioids say crisis being neglected

Advocates feel presidential candidates have not discussed substance use disorder much – when, they believe, it should be highlighted both during and beyond the primary.
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Anne Marie and Jim Zanfagna hold a poster about their organization, Angels of Addictions, in their Plaistow, N.H. home, Jan. 22, 2024.
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Poisoned: America’s Fentanyl Crisis

America’s illicit drugs are being laced with one of the deadliest opioids ever created, killing in record numbers. ABC News' Bob Woodruff travels to uncover the epidemic of fentanyl poisoning.
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VIDEO: Poisoned: America’s Fentanyl Crisis
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Jelly Roll makes emotional plea to Congress to fight fentanyl overdoses

The musical artist got candid about his own personal addiction story and former life as a drug dealer during an emotional testimony to a Senate committee.
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VIDEO:  Jelly Roll makes emotional plea to Congress to fight fentanyl overdoses
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Jelly Roll testifies in Congress about fentanyl dangers

Jason DeFord, known by his stage name Jelly Roll, gave an emotional opening statement Thursday on overdoses at a Senate hearing on fentanyl.
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VIDEO: Jelly Roll testifies in Congress about fentanyl dangers
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Jelly Roll delivers testimony on fentanyl bill

Singer Jelly Roll speaks at the Senate hearing on a fentanyl bill, saying 190 people in America die daily from a drug overdose.
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VIDEO: Jelly Roll testimony on fentanyl bill
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Christie calls for renovation to nation's addiction treatment, recovery programs

Republican presidential candidate and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie outlined his national drug crisis plan earlier this week.
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Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie delivers a speech about drug addiction at Hope on Haven Hill, Dec. 20, 2023, in Rochester, N.H.
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Reality TV couple charged with illegally obtaining opiates

Dr. Francis Martinis and his wife Jessica both plead “not guilty” to their charges on Long Island.
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VIDEO: Reality TV couple charged with illegally obtaining opiates
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2 arrested after gummy bears brought to school in fentanyl-laced bag: Authorities

Several Virginia elementary school students needed medical attention Tuesday after eating gummy bears from a bag that tested positive for fentanyl, authorities said.
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Central Elementary School is shown in Amherst, Va.
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Supreme Court wrestles with Purdue Pharma settlement, legal shield for Sackler family

A settlement with Purdue Pharma hung in the balance at the Supreme Court as victims of the opioid epidemic urged justices to approve a deal with the company's owners.
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Family members of those who have died of opioids gather outside the Supreme Court during a protest in Washington, Dec. 4, 2023.
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Supreme Court reviews opioid settlement

Justices will review a $6 billion bankruptcy settlement between Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and the victims and communities ravaged by the opioid crisis.
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VIDEO: Supreme Court reviews opioid settlement
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Border officials seize a lot of fentanyl but say it's a complicated problem to solve

As tens of thousands of Americans die each year from synthetic opioids, namely fentanyl, federal officials say the illicit narcotics trade remains a critical problem
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Fentanyl drug with warning label.
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Officials announce 11 new arrests in 'massive' fentanyl investigation

The U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia announced that 11 additional suspects, out of 23 total in custody, have been arrested in connection with a fentanyl distribution conspiracy.
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 Officials announce 11 new arrests in 'massive' fentanyl investigation
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Probe of 'massive' fentanyl ring leads to 23 in custody, 250K pills seized: Officials

New details of a federal investigation into a "massive" fentanyl ring in D.C. and elsewhere were released Monday with 11 additional arrests -- out of 23 total
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United States Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew Graves speaks during a press conference after 11 additional suspects were arrested in connection with the sale and distribution of fentanyl, Nov. 20, 2023.
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Biden meets with Mexico’s president to discuss fentanyl, migrant crisis

ABC News’ Selina Wang and Mick Mulroy talk about the meeting between President Joe Biden and Mexico’s president and what the leaders will discuss.
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VIDEO: Biden meets with Mexico’s president to discuss fentanyl, migrant crisis
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US and China to discuss solutions to fentanyl crisis

Pres. Biden and Pres. Xi will discuss the escalating opioid crisis while at the APEC Summit.
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VIDEO: US and China to discuss solutions to fentanyl crisis
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'It's very challenging': Inside the fentanyl fight at the border

Senior government officials are concerned that Congress may not pass enough funding to secure the border, as federal authorities work to stop illegal narcotics smuggling.
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A sign welcomes visitors to the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona, Nov. 6, 2023.
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The effect of opioid use after surgery

ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton talks about a new study that discovered that limiting the use of opioids after surgery does not impact patient outcomes.
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VIDEO: The effect of opioid use after surgery
8 months ago

'We trusted this day care': Father of boy who died from fentanyl speaks out

Two of the three suspects arrested in the death of a 1-year-old boy from fentanyl exposure at a Bronx, New York, day care center pleaded not guilty Thursday.
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Police and crime scene investigators work at a Bronx day care center, Sept. 21, 2023, in New York City, after a 1-year-old child died and three other children were injured from alleged exposure to the drug fentanyl.
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El Chapo's sons purportedly ban fentanyl in Mexico's Sinaloa state

The machine-printed banners were purportedly signed by a faction of the Sinaloa cartel led by the sons of jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
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DEA warns about fentanyl mixture
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NYC Health Commissioner says residents should carry Narcan

NYC’s Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan has advised residents to carry lifesaving Narcan and know how to use it as fentanyl deaths are on the rise.
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VIDEO: NYC Health Commissioner says residents should carry Narcan
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Owner of day care where baby died pulled her child out over fentanyl concern: Sources

Felix Herrera Garcia, the husband of the owner of the Bronx day care where a 1-year-old died of suspected fentanyl poisoning, returned Thursday to the United States.
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Felix Herrera Garcia was seen running out the back of the day care with garbage bags where a 1-year-old died of fentanyl exposure on Sept. 15, 2023.
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Alleged fentanyl drug mill found in NYC apartment

The apartment was just six blocks from the day care where a 1-year-old died, and three other children had to be revived with Narcan after exposure to fentanyl, authorities said.
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VIDEO: Alleged fentanyl drug mill found in NYC apartment
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Overdose crisis reaches historic levels in NYC, and fentanyl is to blame

The overdose crisis reaches historic levels in New York City, according to new data from the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
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A DEA Agent look at posters showing victims of Fentanyl overdose during the National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day Times Square takeover to raise awareness and share education about the deadly drug, Aug. 21, 2023.
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Child exposed to Fentanyl and weapons in NYC: police

Police say the drugs and weapons were discovered in a room across the hall from where a 10-year-old slept.
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VIDEO: Child exposed to Fentanyl and weapons in NYC: police
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Kilo of fentanyl stored at day care where 1-year-old died

A kilogram of fentanyl was stored on top of children’s play mats used for napping at the New York City day care where a one-year-old boy died from exposure to the drug, a criminal complaint stated.
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VIDEO: Kilo of fentanyl stored at day care where 1-year-old died
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Woman charged in baby's fentanyl death allegedly deleted more than 20K messages

Two people in custody over the death of a 1-year old boy at a New York City day care are facing federal charges.
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Flowers and candles placed at the scene of the day care center where a child died in the Bronx section of New York, Sept. 17, 2023.
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DHS looks to combat illicit drugs through targeted strategy

DHS looks to combat illicit drugs inside and out of the United States through targeted strategy
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A U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sign stands at Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Washington, D.C., Feb. 25, 2015.
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1-year-old dies of suspected opioid exposure at NYC day care, 3 hospitalized: Police

A 1-year-old boy has died and three other children were hospitalized after apparently coming into contact with an opioid at a day care center, according to the NYPD.
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Mayor Eric Adams speaks at a press conference after one child died and three children were hospitalized after ingesting opioids at a Bronx daycare, on Sept. 16, 2023, in New York.
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This could be 2024's top national security threat, according to DHS

Illegal drugs are expected to be one of the biggest threats to national security in 2024, according to the Department of Homeland Security's annual threat study.
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seal hangs on a fence at the agency's headquarters in this photo taken with a tilt-shift lens in Washington, D.C., Dec. 11, 2014.
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Overdose deaths from fentanyl combined with stimulants increased 50-fold since 2010

The percentage of overdose deaths from fentanyl combined with stimulants increased 50-fold between 2010 and 2021, according to a new analysis done by researchers.
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A box of needles collected at a homeless encampment at Ballard Commons Park is shown on May 4, 2020, in Seattle.
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Inside America’s fight against fentanyl

ABC News’ Mireya Villarreal gets an inside look at “Operation Artemis” as federal authorities scour packages coming into Los Angeles International Airport for signs of the deadly drug.
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VIDEO: Inside America’s fight against fentanyl
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WYNTK: OTC Narcan will soon be available

From cost, accessibility, and how to find it, Dr. Jen Ashton breaks down what you need to know about Narcan coming to stores across the country.
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VIDEO: WYNTK: OTC Narcan will soon be available