Councilman pushes for opioid antidote in schools

The South Bronx had the highest rate of drug overdoses in the city last year, according to a study by the health department. City Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr. is proposing a bill to require local schools to have the antidote on hand to administer if needed, but the mayor’s office is pushing back.

Narco Freedom owners plead guilty to fraud charges

The executives who ran the disgraced Mott Haven nonprofit Narco Freedom Inc. pled guilty yesterday in New York State Supreme Court in the Bronx, to charges that they stole at least $27 million from Medicaid and the State of New York, by taking advantage of drug addicts through an elaborate scam that spanned years.

Officials: Health care cuts would hit hard locally

Public health officials are concerned that programs designed to treat asthma and other illnesses in low-income neighborhoods like the South Bronx could be doomed if the federal government moves ahead with plans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.