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.
A New York Congresswoman has announced she is joining the list of co-sponsors of a bill to combat heroin overdoses. Representative Nita Lowey was in Westchester County among local officials discussing ways to stem New York’s heroin epidemic.
New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held an emergency telephone town hall Thursday night to discuss the heroin epidemic and prescription drug problem in the Hudson Valley. He was joined by four speakers who offered insight into how they are addressing both the heroin and prescription drug overdose surge in the region.
“I am the heartbroken mother of a beautiful 23-year-old daughter who is a heroin addict. She started with heroin about three years ago. She never took prescription pills. She started straight with heroin.”