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Surgeons from three Central New York hospitals are among 18 across Upstate who are collaborating with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield to reduce the number of unnecessary opioid pills prescribed after certain surgeries.  The idea is to reduce the risk of opioid misuse that could turn into an addiction. 

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Managing Chronic Pain

Jun 11, 2019

With about 2 million Americans suffering from opioid addiction, the nation’s healthcare system has tried to perform an extraordinary balancing act – help patients who suffer from chronic pain while also aggressively combating the opioid epidemic.  


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An investigation that began over a year ago in St. Lawrence County culminated Thursday morning with the indictment of 65 people as part of two drug rings in central and upstate New York.  Attorney General Letitia James says they trafficked heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine through Onondaga, Oneida, and other counties from sources in New York City and New Jersey.  James says surveillance techniques were instrumental in finding those connected to the operation.

Fentanyl "Scanners" Could Help Protect CNY Police from Lethal Drug

Feb 20, 2019
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Law enforcement in Onondaga County might soon have access to a new tool to detect Fentanyl. The very powerful and addictive drug is often laced with other drugs such as heroin, crystal meth, oxycontin and others to give addicts a stronger high. Senator Chuck Schumer says the device is similar to a hand-held scanner.

“It can detect not only fentanyl but 30 other drugs. And it’s so sensitive, that it can actually detect fentanyl that’s in a pill container. So that’s the great news. The bad news is, they cost about $80,000 each.”

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SUNY Upstate Medical University has joined the process of developing a vaccine that could help address the ongoing heroin epidemic.  Scientists here are working in conjunction with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research using a $3.7 million grant to conduct clinical trials. 


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At 2:30 Thursday afternoon, the first three defendants appeared before a judge in what amounts to a new emergency court aimed at quickly helping those addicted to opioids.   The focus  of the Syracuse Opioid Intervention Court is on treatment rather than sending people to prison.  


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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. 

OVERDOSE AWARENESS CANDLELIGHT VIGIL: FRIDAY, AUG, 31 @ CITY HALL 7:30 PM

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.

Many things can be debated, one thing that cannot is that opioid abuse is a serious problem. It's been a prime time headline and a major cause for concern all around the country. This week on Science on the Radio, Dr. Marvin Druger sheds some light on the controversial substance that produces morphine-like effects.
 

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H.E.A.L. of Onondaga County

Organizers of the first-ever Heroin Awareness Walk in Onondaga County are hoping for a big turnout Saturday to help to reduce the stigma associated with addiction.  Recovering addicts, their families, treatment experts, and the community will gather in front of Syracuse City Hall.

Michaline Younis says she has both professional and personal reasons to be heading up the effort.

I’ve been in the field of treatment for 16 years.  We recently lost someone very close to us two years ago from a fentanyl overdose.  And my brother was heroin addicted for 13 years.”