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.


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.

Where to get help

If you or someone you know needs help for a Heroin Addiction, the following phone numbers are resources available in the Capital Region.

Peer Engagement (Albany)
(518) 449-3581 ext. 103

Peer Engagement (Troy)
(518) 270-2841

Family Support (Albany)
(518) 465-5829

Family Support (Saratoga Springs)
(518) 581-1230

Youth Clubhouse (Hudson)
(607) 351-9271

Recovery Center (Saratoga Springs)
(518) 306-3048 ext. 3611

Recovery Center (Hudson Falls)
(518) 306-3048

Community Coalition (Albany)
(518) 465-5829