The number of new Hepatitis C cases leaped nearly 300 percent from 2010 to 2015, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the CDC points to the likely culprit behind the spike in cases of the infectious disease: the use of heroin and other injection drugs.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has proposed hiring its own prosecutor corps to bring cases related to drug trafficking, money laundering and asset forfeiture — a move that advocacy groups warn could exceed the DEA's legal authority and reinvigorate the 1980s-era war on drugs.
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.
WBFO's Howard Reidel talks with the Drug Policy Alliance's Kassandra Frederique
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.
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.
On a daily basis, neighborhoods across the country are hit with news of another fatal overdose caused by heroin or other opiates. However, often lost behind the news are the stories of families and other loved ones left behind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Listen to Part 1 of Michelle Faust's four-part series