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The North Park Theater was packed Thursday night for a town hall meeting on the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic. The meeting was sponsored by Save the Michaels of the World, an organization formed to deal with the over-prescription of drugs following the death of 21-year-old Michael Israel.


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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.


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A coalition of organizations that include the U.S. Department of Justice, Erie County, Kids Escaping Drugs and a number of local colleges, among others, is sponsoring the session titled, "Our Community, Our Epidemic: Turning Drug Awareness into Action." The goal is to teach people about the issue and create an action plan to deal with the area's growing drug problem.


Community forum on opioid epidemic coming to Lancaster

Oct 26, 2015
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A multitude of partners are co-hosting a forum on Saturday, November 14 to discuss the region's rising problem with opioid and opiate abuse, and the anticipated record death toll local health officials are expecting this year as the result of that crisis.


Teen's recovery from opiate addiction provides hope

Sep 22, 2015
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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.


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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.


Mother's tragic loss underscores grip of addiction

Sep 8, 2015

Heroin and other opiates have become a growing problem across Western New York, with an ever-increasing number of deaths being attributed to overdoses.  In the first of a three-part series on addiction, WBFO's Cheryl Hagen shares one mother's tragic story.

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U.S. Attorney William Hochul on Wednesday announced what he called one of the largest drug seizures in the nation's history.  The bust included fentanyl, heroin and cocaine, all of which were intended for distribution in the Buffalo-Niagara region. 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there’s the equivalent of one bottle of prescription painkillers for every adult American. Meanwhile, 46 people a day die from an overdose of those same painkillers. That’s why New York State is trying to curb the problem of overprescribing.

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You may have recently started to hear the term “mental health parity.” It refers to federal and state requirements for insurers to cover mental health and addiction treatment as they would any other medical condition. Insurers haven’t always complied. As Michelle Faust reports, state lawmakers' recent actions intend to take hurdles from insurance out of the long path to recovery from addiction.

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Following a recent 24-hour period during which rescuers in the City of Buffalo handled at least 10 heroin and other opioid overdose cases, the head of one local treatment center is asking: where's the public outrage?

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Deaths from drug overdose have outpaced automobile accidents as the leading cause of injury in 35 states, including New York. But the state is making strides to curtail that trend. Physicians are integral to treating addiction, but the country has a shortage of doctors with training in the specialty.


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The Erie County Health Department is anticipating a significant increase in the number of deaths this year from heroin and other opiate overdoses.

Overdose antidote widely available in New York State

Jul 13, 2015
Michelle Faust

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. 


State lawmakers target growing use of opiates

Jul 10, 2015
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State lawmakers are stepping up efforts to curb a heroin epidemic after the CDC released a study showing a drastic rise in use and deaths related to the drug.

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Two significant drug busts were announced Thursday, one in Dunkirk and one in Buffalo. Police say the busts show the aggressiveness of the area drug trade.

Higgins co-sponsors drug act known as 'TREAT'

Jun 1, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A local congressman is among those co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill which would make it easier for doctors and other medical professionals to prescribe medication to treat opioid and heroin addiction.

Officials report significant spike in drug overdoses

Apr 2, 2015
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Local health and law enforcement officials say there has been a noticeable spike in heroin and opioid overdoses in the first quarter of this year.

New York State has approved a new methadone clinic on Buffalo's lower West Side, but residents of the neighborhood are upset and have planned a rally for Friday afternoon.

Authorities bust major heroin pipeline to Jamestown

Jul 31, 2014
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A major narcotics pipeline has been eliminated in Jamestown. Forty-seven people have been charged in a drug distribution network that funneled heroin from Philadelphia and New York City to Jamestown.

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Healthcare professionals and community leaders in Buffalo are helping to raise awareness about the impact of Hepatitis C in the African American community.

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There are growing calls for police officers in Toronto to carry an antidote that would counteract the effects of an overdose.  Overdoses from some opiates, which include powerful painkillers, have become of the leading causes of accidental deaths in Ontario.

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Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed to a package of bills to combat heroin addiction. The movement comes as the legislative session draws to a close.

A Republican led Senate task force has released a package of bills aimed at combating the growing heroin addiction in New York.

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All of the Buffalo Fire Department's first response apparatus have been outfitted with kits of the life-saving overdose drug Narcan. Shortly after its rollout, the drug was used to save the life of a man overdosing on heroin.

Authorities bust two drug rings, arrest 32

May 1, 2014

Authorities have broken up two large-scale drug distribution rings operating in Western New York.

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The deaths of two Attica Correctional Facility inmates has led to the indictment of a fellow inmate and a his wife, a Buffalo woman.

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A public health warning has been issued by the law enforcement and medical community regarding a dramatic increase in fatal drug overdoses in the Buffalo area.

Alleged heroin kingpin arrested

Feb 5, 2013

An accused drug kingpin is scheduled for arraignment today in State Supreme Court in Buffalo.

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