Opioid Crisis

WXXI, in partnership with public broadcasting stations across New York state, will air special programming examining the opioid crisis during the week of Oct. 15.

New York’s Opioid Crisis is a first-of-its-kind partnership to draw attention to this public health crisis and raise awareness of services available in local communities for those affected by opioid addiction.

Support for opioid crisis programming on WXXI is provided in part by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. A complete list of programs can be found here: WXXI.org/opioid-prog.

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Brett Dahlberg / WXXI News

Officials from state and local government and drug treatment agencies announced the imminent opening of a new wing of addiction treatment beds at Helio Health on Wednesday.

The new beds are for inpatient drug detox. They open almost a year after a WXXI report found that a shortage of inpatient detox beds locally was complicating the fight against a surge in opioid-overdose deaths.


Monroe County has launched a program that law enforcement officials said will help people with drug addictions get into treatment programs instead of going to jail.

Project HOPE, which stands for Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education, is different than other court-mandated drug programs, said District Attorney Sandra Doorley.


“Those who are eligible for Project HOPE won’t even see the inside of a courtroom, so their charges, ultimately, will never be filed with the court and never be prosecuted,” Doorley said.


Monroe County Jail

The Monroe County Jail is adding a new type of drug and alcohol treatment program.


The downtown Rochester jail is set to offer medication-assisted treatment starting Tuesday.


It’s a departure from the usual approach at jails, said Tisha Smith, who directs the inmate drug and alcohol programs for the sheriff’s office.


Monroe County Heroin Task Force

The Monroe County Heroin Task Force has released its latest month of data on opioid overdoses, marking the first time the county has had a full year of those statistics.

New York state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

A New York state health department program that enables hospitals to surpass the usual limit on the number of opioid-addicted patients who can receive in-hospital detox services has been extended another year, but Monroe County hospitals are still not participating.