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People struggling with opioid addiction and the families and loved ones of those who may be addicted now have another resource in Monroe County.

Recovery Now is opening its fifth Gates to Recovery addiction and support services drop-in center, this one at 39 State St. in Brockport.

Executive Director David Attridge says anyone looking for treatment can come to the center to begin that process.

And the support services extend to families and loved ones of someone who may be addicted.

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August was a month of extremes in Monroe County’s fight against opioids: The lowest number of overdose deaths recorded since the sheriff’s office started keeping track in January, and the highest number of Narcan uses to reverse an overdose.

The commander of the county’s heroin task force, Andrew DeLyser, said the month could be a statistical anomaly, and he said the numbers — even the decrease in fatal overdoses — are still cause for concern.

Between the 25 cent milk and funnel cake, Narcan training will also be available at the New York State Fair.

This is the first time the opioid reversing drug will be available at the fair, with trainings every day, provided by the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

Rob Kent is the General Council at that office, and says even though its unusual setting, New Yorkers need to be aware that “we’re in a major crisis here with opioids."

He says it’s just another way to get the lifesaving drug into the hands of more New Yorkers.

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Six months after the formation of the Monroe County Heroin Task Force, law enforcement officials said the death toll from opioids is still climbing.

But officers have learned some important lessons, said task force commander Andy DeLyser.

“We’re never, ever going to arrest our way out of this problem. I don’t believe we’re ever, ever going to treat our way out of this problem,” DeLyser said.

Opioid education comes to chamber of commerce

Jul 25, 2018

The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce hosted local experts on the opioid crisis at a members-only event Wednesday morning.

Monroe County public health commissioner Michael Mendoza trained attendees on the use of Narcan to reduce opioid overdoses, and Kimberly Harding, an employment attorney at Nixon Peabody, was there to answer legal questions.

Opioid prescriptions down at Excellus

Jul 16, 2018
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Opioid prescriptions at Monroe County’s largest health insurer have decreased, even as deaths from opioids have continued to climb.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s prescribers in Rochester wrote 33 percent fewer opioid prescriptions per patient last year than in 2013, the company’s data show. Excellus corporate medical director Martin Lustick said the numbers are encouraging, but he also acknowledged a need to keep improving.

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So far this year, there were 462 reported drug overdoses in Monroe County; 68 of them were fatal.

A Rochester-based addiction recovery support group is expanding its efforts to respond to the ongoing opioid crisis.

Recovery Now NY is opening a new, monthly drop-in center in Irondequoit tonight where people struggling with substance abuse and their families can go to get learn about treatment and services.  It’s located at Glad Tidings Church at 1980 Culver Road.

Congressman Tom Reed declared his adamant opposition to the use of heroin injection sites recently.

The Southern Tier Republican says the proposal is made by “extremists on the left.”

"To me it’s just an extreme position that is dangerous to our communities given the nature of what we’re talking about, given the response and feedback I’ve heard from law enforcement officers, in regards to creating a culture attracting those that would push and distribute."

A New York State Assembly bill was submitted to allow cities to create their own heroin injection sites.

University of Rochester

A national conference held at the University of Rochester Saturday focused on battling the opioid crisis.

The Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration or CLIC hosted the daylong session of meetings, to discuss how to best address opioid misuse and abuse through translational science.

But what is translational science?

Co-director of CLIC, Martin Zand explains.

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A new poll from Siena College shows that 90% of New Yorkers say the current opioid crisis is worse than previous public health crises.

An overwhelming majority of New Yorkers also supports strengthening prescription monitoring services; 82% say doctors should be punished for over prescribing.

But when it comes down to how the addiction started, Research Institute Director Don Levy says New Yorkers are divided on who is to blame.

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