Preventing heroin overdoses

  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.

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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.