With 2,000 reported heroin-related deaths in New York State in 2011, the nationwide heroin problem is becoming an epidemic. This epidemic is affecting both the city of Syracuse and its neighboring suburbs.
The rise of heroin use around central New York is being seen by those who try and help addicts with drug treatment. Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare will host a free virtual tour on Wednesday. Spokesperson Ronald Wood says there’s no escaping the spike in heroin use, which he calls the most common source of drug abuse in the region.
The death of Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in New York points to a possible link between heroin use and prescription drug abuse. Hoffman’s cause of death has not been confirmed but authorities say both heroin and prescription painkillers were found with his body.