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Many New Yorkers believe doctors are to blame for the opioid epidemic gripping their communities and the nation, according to a Siena College poll released Sunday.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to impose a tax on manufacturers of prescription opioids to help pay for state programs that help people who are addicted to them. But some say it will be patients who will ultimately have to pay the price.

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A woman whose twin brother died of a drug overdose thirty years ago has been named the chair of the New York state chapter of the Addiction Policy Forum, a national organization that works with various groups to improve treatment, law enforcement and prevention policies tied to addiction. 

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Some 78 people die each day across the country from prescription opioid-related overdoses and statistics show 4 out of 5 of heroin users started with prescription opioids.  Albany County now has a task force in place to battle the crisis.

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Michael Botticelli, the former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, is speaking at Siena College in Loudonville, NY this afternoon. 

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With social services stressed and law enforcement often overwhelmed, a growing number of counties in New York are choosing to bring legal action against manufacturers of prescription opioids as they grapple with the addiction crisis.

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One thing is certain about the opioid epidemic; it can be found just about anywhere. From the big cities, to the small towns, and in the suburbs. This evening at the North Adams Public Library, a film will be shown telling the story of the toll opioids have taken on North Adams, the smallest city in Massachusetts. 

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A western Massachusetts hospital is taking part in a national study to help determine the best treatments for the youngest victims of the opioid addiction crisis.

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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.

Authorities say they've indicted 72 people who are accused of being involved in a major drug ring operating between New York City and central New York. 

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed wide-ranging legislation to combat the rise in opioid abuse Monday. The new law is months in the making.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand brought her campaign to fight the scourge of opioid addiction and death to the City of Newburgh on Friday where she announced new legislation that will target the epidemic at one of its key sources: opioid pain medication prescriptions.

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White House officials were in Hartford Tuesday to announce expanded efforts to treat parents struggling with substance abuse while attempting to keep children in their homes.