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Calling it an “industry wide conspiracy,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his intention to file a lawsuit for the over prescription of opioids that he says has defrauded  New Yorkers out of  billions of dollars.


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Central New York’s rural counties are among some of the hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, so the state senate is bringing its task force to Madison County Monday to focus on the challenges facing outlying communities.  One of those attending the roundtable discussion is Susan Jenkins, Executive Director of BRiDGES, the Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.  She says what might work in cities doesn’t always make sense in the country.

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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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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.  


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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Experts: Human Trafficking Cases Increase in CNY with Opioids

Apr 10, 2018
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Experts who handle youth human trafficking cases in Onondaga County say that the illegal activity continues to be on the rise, and that the opioid epidemic seems to be fueling the problem.

The Homeland Security roundtable discussion at the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center shared the disturbing local trends of trafficking and drugs.  Congressmember John Katko was surprised to learn of the correlation.

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As the heroin epidemic continues unabated, a paramedic who’s responded to drug overdoses for decades says it’s time to lift the stigma of addiction.  In this final part in our series, he says thinking differently might get more people the help they need…and save lives.

Director of Operations for TLC ambulance Lon Fricano says the more we talk about addiction and bring it out of the shadows, the stronger prevention and treatment efforts can be. 

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There’s no question the overdose antidote Narcan has saved the lives of numerous heroin and opioid addicts across Central New York.  In the next part of our series on the epidemic, seasoned paramedics say it can be a blessing…and a curse.

For most of us, a near death experience from a serious health issue or an accident would force a change in lifestyle or behavior.  But Director of Operations with TLC ambulance Lon Fricano says for addicts who might have just overdosed on heroin, they feel they’re going to die if they don’t get that next fix.

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The scope and depth of the opioid epidemic in Central New York is almost impossible for many to grasp, unless you’re an addict or on the front lines.  In the next part in our series, WAER News caught up with a long-time paramedic who tells us what makes this crisis so pervasive.

Lon Fricano says he’s seen plenty of heroin overdoses during his more than three decades on the job, previously in New York City and as director of operations for TLC Ambulance in Auburn.  But, he says THIS is a different animal.

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Syracuse Common Councilors Monday threw their support behind a month-long media blitz aimed at getting opioid addicts the help they need.  They also hope the “United to Fight it” collaboration will spur community discussion and action.

Family support navigator with the Prevention Network Jon Crandall says the epidemic is not fading…

"Onondaga County happens to have the highest rate of opioid overdose deaths  among all Central New York counties.  There have been 53 opioid related deaths reported since June 2017."

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