Painkillers kill more than pain

The surge in opiate drug overdoses has persuaded an alliance of health care agencies and insurers to revive the PainKillers Kill public awareness campaign.


WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

With a major campaign against the abuse and addiction of painkillers underway in our community, a local documentary will air on local television Tuesday evening. Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction was produced by WNED. It airs at 7:30 p.m WNED-TV and other local television stations.

WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The Washington Post reports private companies have paid as much as $25,000 to have a seat at the FDA advisory panel meetings on federal regulations for prescription painkillers. Avi Israel of Buffalo, who lost his son as a result of an addiction to painkillers, learned about the FDA meetings in emails while corresponding with a doctor.


WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Abuse and addiction to prescription pain killers has become an epidemic in the U.S., but now a major campaign has been launched right here in Buffalo. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York is leading the effort along with more than 50-community groups and many local media outlets. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the campaign is titled "Painkillers Kill More than Pain".