More than 600 people were at the Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh Tuesday evening for a community forum on the prescription opioid and heroin addiction crisis.  The evening featured a guest expert on how the drugs affect the brain.

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Orange County officials say their drug task force has charged a mother and her son with felony weapon possession and another 11 defendants with selling drugs.

As students head back to the classroom, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney wants to start the school year swinging in the fight against heroin and opioid abuse in the Hudson Valley. He is urging parents, teachers, coaches and community members to work together.

Newburgh Boxing Club Owner Enters Plea In Heroin Case

Aug 23, 2016

The owner of the Newburgh Boxing Club has pleaded guilty in a heroin distribution conspiracy case.

Heroin Case In Newburgh Includes 24 Indictments

Aug 2, 2016

The Orange County district attorney has announced indictments in a heroin distribution case in Newburgh.

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Some big names in New York law enforcement have announced the takedown of multi-state drug pipelines.

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Like much of the country, western Massachusetts is dealing with a substantial increase in opioid and substance abuse. While traditional medical providers are looking at ways to address the issue, a nonprofit in North Adams is doing what it can to help people recover from addiction.

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The same day that musician Prince’s death was attributed to an overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli visited Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to advocate for policies that he says will address addiction by increasing access to treatment and the overdose reversal drug naloxone, improve prescribing practices, and support law enforcement and prevention strategies.

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Connecticut officials are planning to expand methadone treatment to prisoners across the state over the next year or so, in what authorities believe would be the first statewide prison program in the country to use the drug to help inmates avoid withdrawal symptoms and overdoses.

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Days after unveiling legislation to combat the opioid epidemic and stop mass incarceration of low-level drug offenders, Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a telephone town hall Tuesday night to discuss the problem in his district. Constituents raised issues of educating students, offering more support meetings, and mandating insurance companies to better cover treatment.

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With the battle against heroin addiction ramping up nationwide, Governor Andrew Cuomo last week proclaimed that independent pharmacies across New York may provide the antidote without a prescription.  

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New York’s Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction kicked off a series of statewide forums last week. One of the co-chairs continues to push for a number of reforms he called for last year.

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Clinton County will soon have an addiction treatment center. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an agreement Friday that will bring a detox center to a region that has been lacking such a facility.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin was among those who testified Wednesday before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the need for federal action to curb opiate and heroin addiction.

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Ulster County has a new designation that will allow it to receive federal assistance in the fight against drug trafficking and the heroin epidemic.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer Thursday announced that the President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy has designated Ulster County a federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, or HIDTA.

“So this is great news for Ulster County. I pushed hard for it,” said Schumer. “They applied the first time; they didn’t get it. They came to me. We worked with them on their application and praise God they got it.”

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Springfield narcotics detectives have announced the seizure of 9,000 bags of the deadly heroin cited by law enforcement as the reason behind several recent overdose deaths in the region. 

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The Hampden district attorney is warning there may be a more lethal strain of heroin being distributed in the area.

  The opioid crisis cuts across state lines.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he’s working on legislative fixes to try to combat heroin. 


New York state has released new materials intended for parents, community groups, teachers, and others to help initiate conversation with those struggling with addiction.

Police in Cooperstown, New York are urging addicts to bring their drugs and drug paraphernalia to the police station in exchange for treatment, not arrest.

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Considered a scourge across the Northeast that doesn’t discriminate, heroin has wrecked many lives and become a public health crisis. Last night, a panel of experts and advocates discussed heroin and opioid addiction as part of a forum that will air later this week on Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh.

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Federal agents intercepted 88 pounds of heroin destined for Vermont earlier this month and took a Guatemalan man into custody in the town of Manchester in southern Vermont.

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Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino and members of the county legislature announced the creation of a county-wide drug unit this morning to address the growing heroin epidemic.

Authorities have seized $30 million worth of heroin in a drug bust in the Bronx and Yonkers.

  Joe Albany was a critically acclaimed but little known jazz pianist - one of the few white musicians to play bebop with Charlie Parker. His story is told in the film, Low Down - based on a memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, his daughter.

The film tells the story of a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction.

On Monday, September 28th at 7pm Amherst Cinema will present a screening of the film as part of their Jazz a la Mode film series.

Sean Philpott-Jones: Giving Drug Users A Shot In The Arm

Jul 16, 2015

Every July I have the good fortune of spending a week at Fordham University in New York City, where I teach ethics and mentor fellows enrolled in a training program supported by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

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Two members of a New York City-based heroin distribution ring have pleaded guilty.

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NYS Senator Wants Anti-Overdose Drug Available OTC

Apr 30, 2015
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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is asking the health commissioner to allow Narcan, the drug used to counteract heroin overdoses, to be sold without a prescription. Another state senator says there needs to be more training to administer the drug first.

State Senator David Carlucci, an Independent Democrat, has penned a letter to Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, with a request concerning Naloxone, commonly called Narcan, a drug used to counter an opioid overdose.

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Twenty-nine people face federal or state charges in connection with an alleged oxycodone and heroin ring that operated in the lower Hudson Valley.

In addition to 17 people named in a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday, New York State has charged 12 people in a related prosecution. Authorities say drug activities took place at a trailer park, motels, and Palisades Center Mall parking lots. Rockland County Executive Ed Day, a former police commander, calls the takedown significant.