Law enforcement officials, elected leaders and addiction specialists offered insight and thoughts on solutions.
Heroin and opioid addiction is tearing families apart at rates never before seen. Some addicts are stitching their lives together with lots of help, while others are seemingly struggling as they look to get clean on their own. Spectrum News explored the issue in an hour-long documentary, The Cost of Heroin, which was followed by a live town hall with experts.
Nearly everyone has been touched in some way by the opioid epidemic.
New York state is in the middle of a deadly – and costly – epidemic ripping apart families, ravaging communities and filling jails.
Heroin and opioid addiction is an epidemic that affects us all.
Heroin-related deaths have jumped by 50 percent in New York state alone.
Opioids are a class of drugs naturally found in the opium poppy plant, including heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and many others.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, opioids are often used as medicines because they contain chemicals that relax the body and can relieve pain. Opioids can cause people to feel "high" and are very addictive. According to the NIDA, heroin is one of the world's most dangerous opioids.
If you or someone you know needs help for a Heroin Addiction, the following phone numbers are resources available in the Hudson Valley.
Peer Engagement (Goshen)
Peer Engagement (Fishkill)
(845) 756-8301 ext. 103
Family Support (Goshen)
(845) 294-9000 ext. 265
Family Support (Carmel)
Youth Clubhouse (Yonkers)
(914) 963-0183 ext. 12
Recovery Center (Newburgh)
Community Coalition (Tarrytown)