Opioid Crisis

Calling it an "industrywide conspiracy," Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a lawsuit for the overprescription of opioids that he said has defrauded New Yorkers out of billions of dollars.


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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Monday that his office is on track to declare the end of the opioid epidemic as a public health crisis as early as next year.

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It appears five area residents died over the weekend due to drug overdoses. While local officials are concerned about the development, they say the number of overdose deaths has dropped significantly since the height of the opioid crisis.


The "treatment gap" remains one of the biggest obstacles for health officials trying to curb the opioid crisis. With only one in ten with substance use disorders seeking help, the reasons in avoiding treatment are many.  Some say stereotypes can get in the way.

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Public health officials are scurrying to gain a foothold on the opioid addiction crisis. The U.S. Surgeon General estimates 2.1 million Americans struggle with an opioid abuse disorder, creating a crush on treatment centers. Anne Constantino, president and CEO of Horizon Health Services, acknowledges the immensity of the challenge. She also sounds a hopeful note. "I see people getting better every day. I know the treatment works."


Cattaraugus County’s public health director is confident some strides are being made in grappling with the opioid crisis.