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In this special edition of Connections, we address the opioid epidemic in New York State. The conversation took place in front of a live studio audience at the WXXI studios. You can watch video of the broadcast here.

This hour, local leaders in healthcare and law enforcement provide an update on the state of the crisis in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region. Our guests:

In this special edition of Connections, we address the opioid epidemic in New York State. The conversation took place in front of a live studio audience at the WXXI studios. You can watch video of the broadcast here.

This hour, local individuals living in recovery share their journeys of hope and the challenges they've faced battling addiction. Our guests:

  • Brandon Scott, living in recovery for one year
  • Yana Khasper, co-founder of ROCovery Fitness, who is living in recovery
  • Sean Smith, co-founder of ROCovery Fitness, who is living in recovery

recoverynowny.com

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.

Brett Dahlberg / WXXI News

New York Senator Chuck Schumer took aim at the conception of the opioid epidemic as an urban concern Friday.

Standing in front of the one-story police headquarters in Holley, an Erie Canal village of about 2,000 people, the Democrat urged his senate colleagues to support an effort to bring “cutting-edge technology” to the fight against opioids across the state.

Schumer said the money the federal government is spending to fight the opioid epidemic is largely going to cities. That puts the public and law enforcement officers in rural areas at risk, he said.

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.

Gates Police

Local support groups working with people addicted to opioids distributed what they were calling “recovery first aid” kits to government officials Tuesday.

The kits contained contact information for a half-dozen groups that provide services ranging from overdose treatment to grief counseling. David Attridge, executive director of Gates to Recovery, unveiled the kits and presented them to Monroe County legislators at their August meeting.

Rochester Institute of Technology Center for Public Safety Initiatives

Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology released the region’s first-ever catalog of responses to the growing opioid epidemic.

Topics covered in the document include techniques for reversing overdoses, systems for prosecuting drug users and sellers, and strategies for addiction prevention.

Brett Dahlberg / WXXI News

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
npr.org

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.