While opioid addiction remains a crisis in Erie County and all across America, a new report shows a positive trend in the ongoing fight. The Medicaid Inspector General indicates that an addictive opioid that often leads to heroin and fentanyl use is no longer the top painkiller prescribed by doctors in the county.
More than a dozen local law enforcement agencies are looking for some "angels" to help them in a new program that works with opioid addicts. The Poloncarz administration, meanwhile, is looking to free up the money that would pay for the program.
As Western New York and the entire nation address a rising problem with opioid and opiate abuse, one of New York State's representatives in the U.S. Senate says the laws which crack down on international traffickers are not tough enough.