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Growing opioid crisis adds to Puerto Rico's problems

SeattlePI.com Monday, 7 January 2019
HUMACAO, Puerto Rico (AP) — Jose Carlos Laviena emptied his pockets, took off his shoes and waited to die. He had just injected himself with a new type of heroin that his dealer was promoting, but the high was so strong that Laviena thought he had overdosed. The 35-year-old was preparing his body for how he wanted to be found. "It's truly something super strong," he said, referring to what he believes was heroin mixed with fentanyl. "I felt death at that moment." Laviena's near-fatal experience in an abandoned trailer in southeast Puerto Rico is one of many signs that the island hasn't been spared from the opioid crisis that has plagued the U.S. mainland— a problem that seems to have grown as a result of a devastating hurricane.
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News video: Opioid crisis grows in Puerto Rico amid hurricane recovery

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As Puerto Rico continues to struggle with a financial crisis and the devastation of Hurricane Maria, a new problem is growing on the island. Associated Press reporter Dánica Coto spoke to CBSN about how the U.S. territory is coping with the opioid epidemic.

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