Members of law enforcement, educators, health care, and treatment experts and others gathered at the Guilderland Town Library Tuesday evening for a panel discussion on heroin and opiate addiction. The panel was organized by Albany Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy.
The opioid and heroin epidemic is increasingly being felt in emergency rooms and jails across the country. Meanwhile, a community organization in Berkshire County has been focusing on the crisis for some time.
A recent traffic stop that led to two arrests for heroin possession in Washington County, New York, near the Vermont border is bringing attention to an ongoing issue of the transport of illegal drugs over state lines.
A traffic stop by state troopers early Tuesday on Route 149, west of the Village of Fort Ann, led to two arrests on charges of heroin possession with intent to sell.
Vermont Health Department statistics show that overdose antidote kits for heroin and other opiate drugs distributed to the general public were used 38 times to treat overdoses during the first six months of a pilot program.
The public television station in Plattsburgh brought together a panel of law enforcement, health care officials and legislators to discuss the rise in heroin use and addiction in New York’s North Country. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with some of the participants in the “New Face of Heroin” panel.
The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition honored its members’ work at its annual meeting Tuesday in Williamstown, Massachusetts. But, talk also focused around an issue gaining regional and national attention.
Acknowledging that heroin use is at epidemic proportions, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Rockland Community College in Suffern Wednesday to announce a multi-pronged approach to fight the scourge.