Heroin

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The Superintendent of West Genesee Schools says the number of overdoses and deaths from the heroin and opioid epidemic has recently climbed back up in the community after a noticeable drop last year.   Dr. Christopher Brown hopes the help offered at Monday evening's addiction, recovery, and resource  can bring crime and addiction rates down.

The opioid and heroin epidemic is still as problematic as ever in Central New York as treatment options continue to expand.  That’s according to the Director of Behavioral Health at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.  Last year, 325 patients were admitted to the medication assistive treatment program and the current census has 700 patients enrolled for treatment services which can span several years or decades.  Behavioral Health Director Monika Taylor is anticipating funding from the State Budget and at the Federal level.

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Two suspects remain at large after they fired multiple shots at a sheriff detective’s vehicle during an undercover drug investigation Monday evening.  It happened at the Springfield Garden Apartment complex near Le Moyne College in DeWitt, the site of previous incidents and homicides.

Onondaga County Sheriff Gene Conway says detectives were just setting up surveillance for a covert purchase of heroin when...

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Governor Cuomo’s statewide task force on heroin and opioid abuse stopped in Syracuse Wednesday to hear testimony from area treatment experts on what’s needed to address the epidemic.  The discussion revealed there are significant gaps in treatment.

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  An 11-month investigation by Syracuse police, State police, and the State Attorney General’s Office culminated on Tuesday in the indictment of 72 people on charges of operating two drug distribution rings. Authorities believe they’ve disrupted major supply chains for heroin and cocaine.

Substance abuse is a growing problem in Onondaga County, and Crouse Hospital has the only dedicated treatment center. Crouse Spokesperson Bob Allen told County Lawmakers extra funding is needed to expand the facility. 

“The facility that we describe as 410, where the bulk of our programs are housed, we cannot physically take any more patients in that building.”

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Residents in Oswego County who are concerned about substance abuse will have a chance Monday to  meet with Congressmember John Katko who will hold his fourth town hall meeting to discuss heroin and synthetic drug abuse. Like his past events, Representative Katko will be joined by a panel of community advocates and parents, healthcare professionals, educators, prevention and treatment specialists, as well as law enforcement and first responders to answer community questions. 

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The epidemic of heroin and opioid painkiller abuse was on display in a packed forum last night at Syracuse’s Civic Center.  The event emphasized the incredible scope of the growing problem…but also some ways to attack it. 

A crowd of more than 250 people came to a weekday evening meeting which showed the size and concern over the heroin problem.  It’s pointed out by at least one statistic: an 800% increase in heroin admissions at Crouse Hospital’s treatment facility.  

(A list of treatment resources below)

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  Onondaga County’s Sheriff has a few ideas about how to reduce what he’s calling an epidemic in heroin abuse.  He’s trying to help addicts in the community as well as those behind bars. 

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  Crouse Hospital will be able to help more people with their heroin addiction thanks to assistance from the State Legislature.  Hospital treatment officials got a chance to meet some of their benefactors Tuesday.

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