Preventing heroin overdoses

Chris Bolt/WAER News

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)

New York State Attorney General's Office

Two Syracuse men have been arrested for their roles in a large heroin distribution takedown first announced last week that was funneling drugs to the North Country.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office says 26-year-old Nilo Bachiller and 28-year-old Aundre Cole face conspiracy and drug sale charges for allegedly supplying cocaine and heroin to four other men in St.Lawrence County.  

  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.

Keegan Tatum / WAER News

Local ambulances and hospitals in Onondaga County have had access to a reversal agent that stops the effects of heroin and opiate pain killers to prevent overdoses for about a month. Now, through a grant, ACR Health in Syracuse is offering training programs for people to get legally trained to administer the drug in the event someone they know is overdosing.