Addiction

addictionpolicy.org

A Washington DC-based organization that campaigns to improve national policy on addiction has opened a New York State chapter. The woman tapped to chair the state chapter says she's looking for interested candidates to serve at the local level.


National Public Radio

New York State is creating a suicide prevention task force to study ways to reduce the number of New Yorkers who take their own lives.

Jon McHann, 56, got started on prescription opioids the way a lot of adults in the U.S. did: He was in pain following an accident. In his case, it was a fall.

"I hit my tailbone just right, and created a severe bulging disc" that required surgery, McHann says.

McHann, who lives in Smithville, Tenn., expected to make a full recovery and go back to work as a heavy haul truck driver. But 10 years after his accident, he's still at home.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A local physician, already charged for what federal prosecutors say was a widespread illegal distribution of painkiller prescriptions, faces additional charges. Federal authorities on Wednesday morning announced a 166-count superseding indictment against Dr. Eugene Gosy.


Julie Eldred has been struggling with addiction to opioids for more than a decade and she says the criminal justice system punishes her for it.

Eldred, a part-time pet caretaker in Acton, Mass., was put on probation last year for theft. She knew staying drug-free would be tough — especially at first, when she was going through opioid withdrawal. But, she says, she didn't have much of a choice.

National Public Radio

A new state grant will help the University at Buffalo train physicians and nurses on how to medically treat people who are addicted to opioids.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Erie County District Attorney is interested in bringing a program to Buffalo that gives law enforcers the option to assist individuals committing low-level drug-related offenses an opportunity to seek help, while avoiding arrest. On Wednesday, DA John Flynn and other local authorities heard information from peers in Albany, one of only three cities in the nation that have what is known as LEAD.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Dozens of people currently in drug court or on probation gathered in Lackawanna Monday, where they heard firsthand accounts from people who are also battling an ongoing opioid crisis on the front lines, as the prosecutors, survivors of loved ones of those who succumbed to addiction.


NYS getting $25M for mobile addiction centers

Sep 15, 2017
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul's office

New York State is getting $25 million in federal funds to help fight the opioid addiction epidemic.

President Trump says he is ready to declare the nation's opioid crisis "a national emergency," saying it is a "serious problem the likes of which we have never had." Speaking to reporters at the entrance to his Bedminster, N.J., golf club, where he is on a working vacation, Trump promised "to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis."

Kia Briggs / Mental Health Association of Chautauqua County

As the over-prescription of opioid pain killers continues to plague the country, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is proposing new legislation to help curb it. In Chautauqua County on Monday morning, Gillibrand announced a new bipartisan bill that would limit initial supplies of opioid prescriptions for short-term acute pain to just seven days.

Drug Policy Alliance

As Western New York and the nation deals with an opioid crisis, a group of drug reform advocates, former users and health care professionals have launched an effort to bring to New York State facilities where addicts can consume their drug of choice in a safe, secure and supervised environment.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A new addiction center is open in Buffalo, one that was made possible with the support of a $1.75 million state grant. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul joined representatives of Lake Shore Behavioral Health to formally open the BestSelf Recovery Community and Outreach Center on Linwood Avenue.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

In light of a recent spike in suspected opioid-related deaths in Erie County, an Erie County legislator is proposing an increase in funding to make treatment services more accessible to those who seek help but cannot afford it.


Rochester is one of 15 communities across the country chosen for a grassroots campaign to change the public response to the addiction crisis. It is a campaign that Buffalo-area communities may look to for answers to its own addiction challenges.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

As the sky darkened into evening, names rang out in front of Old Erie County Hall. They were the names of those who have died in the area's opioids epidemic, read during a memorial to help their families deal with death.

An expansion of industrial hemp farming was one of Governor Cuomo’s proposals at his regional State of the State address in Syracuse. The proposal comes the same week the state allots more money to fight drug addiction.

Chris Pizzello/Invision / Associated Press

New York Sen. Timothy Kennedy has proposed new legislation that would ban the sale and possession of the newly emerging synthetic opioid nicknamed "Pink."

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The commissioner of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) came to Buffalo Tuesday to announce new funding for addiction treatment services in Western New York.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

After months of preparation, Erie County's Opioid Epidemic Task Force formally rolled out a three-part campaign Monday designed to provide easier connections between addicts and the treatment programs that can help them. It didn't take long for some of those services to get busy.


New York tightens up mental health coverage

Jul 31, 2016
WBFO News File Photo

Governor Andrew Cuomo says there will be zero tolerance for insurance companies who try to shirk their obligations.

The New York State Senate has passed four bills that sponsors say are part of its ongoing commitment to address the  ongoing heroin and opioid crisis.

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

As the spotlight continues to reveal the size of the problem, opiate addiction is generating more conversation. The topic drew the community together at a forum Wednesday night at Kenmore West High School.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

“Our Place in History" was the theme of Thursday’s State of Erie County address, but that place in history will rely on quite a bit of funding.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Young adults from the age of 18 to 21 will soon have a unique place to go for help in the struggle against addiction.

Cuomo announces PSA to air during Super Bowl

Feb 7, 2016
WBFO News File Photo

On Sunday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of a new public service announcement that addresses the disease of addiction.

medicine.buffalo.edu

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.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County, which is working in partnership with several stakeholders in a continued effort to combat opioid addiction, received a grant from the Tower Foundation to help fund the fight.


Teen's recovery from opiate addiction provides hope

Sep 22, 2015
Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

While the opioid epidemic is on the rise, there is hope for recovery. WBFO’s Cheryl Hagen has more on one former addict’s road home.


Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

Local counselors treating young people addicted to opiates say the problem is out of control in Western New York. In the second of a three part series on addiction, WBFO’s Cheryl Hagen talks with two experts about the deadly habit and what it takes to get clean.


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