Heroin and Opioids Awareness Week

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

On Thursday, as part of the Justice Department's National Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, the U.S. Attorney in Buffalo will co-host a special program about addiction in the workforce. Program planners say the problem is more prevalent than what the public may think.

New York ranked fourth among states whose lawmakers drew the most contributions from the opioid industry, but was near the bottom in prescriptions per capita, according to data compiled by The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity.