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WATCH: Could An Overdose Antidote Curb Heroin Deaths in ROC?

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Michelle Faust
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Joan Hessenauer's son, Jimmy Hissey, died of a heroin overdose in May of 2014, but she remembers him as a happy boy.

Heroin and opioid abuse and overdose deaths are on the rise; it is the leading cause of death in New York State. Monroe County had nearly 100 heroin overdoses last year. In this edition of Need To Know, we highlight an antidote that could reverse an overdose, and one mom - who lost her son to an overdose - is pushing for its use.

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