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Changing how we talk about drug abuse and more awareness of overdose remedies could cut down on the 72,000 reported drug-related deaths of the opioid epidemic last year. That’s the opinion of local parents who had children who have overdosed and local prevention experts today during International Overdose Awareness Day. 

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Deanna Axe lost her daughter Morgan to an overdose.  She found her daughter’s character put on public trial – when her story of trauma wasn’t.

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One local healthcare expert says New York State is doing a great job decreasing the H-I-V infection rate, but he believes the Governor’s new $5-million plan to eradicate Hepatitis-C won’t be enough.  


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Runners and walkers dedicated to maintaining momentum against HIV and AIDS raised more than $116,600 dollars on Sunday during the 26th annual Walk/Run in Syracuse.

Think back to 1993.  That's when the first AIDS Walk/Run was held.  Syracuse, New York State, and the nation were still in the grips of the AIDS epidemic.  The number of new cases peaked that year, a decade after scientists first discovered the virus that causes AIDS. 

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ACR Health is using the occasion of its upcoming 26th annual AIDS Walk/Run to call attention to another growing public health threat:  The Hepatitis C virus.  Officials say while the rate of new HIV and AIDS cases continue to decline, Hepatitis C cases have soared in recent years.  ACR Health Executive Director Wil Murtaugh says this area is especially vulnerable.

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A local agency is changing how much of the overdose-reversal drug Narcan it distributes. The State is now offering a Nacan Co-Payment Program that aims to get more kits into the hands of families, friends and opioid drug users.  ACR Health distributed 750 kits from the state last year, which the agency says resulted in saving at least 52 people.  Overdose Prevention Coordinator Kevin Donovan says most pharmacy chains participate in the state’s program.

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Central New Yorkers marked World AIDS day today by remembering those who died of the disease, but also celebrating progress of AIDS prevention in New York State.  ACR Health Executive Director Wil Murtaugh says the state’s increase in the supplement of Pre-exposure Pills, or PrEP, is helping stop the disease before it can be contracted.

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Thursday is International Overdose Awareness Day and the opioid epidemic issue is hitting Syracuse hard.  One local health organization used the day to point out how overdose reversing drugs can save lives.

If someone overdosed near you, would you be able to save them? This hypothetical could easily become a reality. Alexandra Punch of ACR Health says the heroin and opioid epidemic is growing in the Syracuse Community.

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The collapse of the latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has officials at one Central New York agency breathing a sigh of relief…for now.  Director of Insurance Programs at ACR Health Steve Wood says while the future is still uncertain, ACR Health will continue to provide insurance to anyone in need.

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Mayor Stephanie Miner and representatives of ACR Health announced significant progress towards ending the state’s AIDS epidemic by 2020. New York’s AIDS crisis peaked in 1993 with nearly 15,000 new infections. In 2015, the number of new infections was down to 3,123, a 79% decrease. But the fight is far from over.

Denise Smith lost her 32 year-old son Ron to AIDS just last December. Ron was diagnosed in late 2013 after being disoriented and having trouble walking.

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A statewide campaign visited Syracuse promoting safe spaces for people to use illegal drugs – in hopes of reducing overdose deaths and possibly curbing the drug use.  Angela Woody is with Vocal-New York, a group that works on drug policy, H-I-V AIDS issues, and mass incarceration.  She was in Syracuse with the Safe Shape Tour.  She says I-V and other drug users are shooting up or smoking in places that present a number of problems.

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