Opioid Epidemic Affecting More in Capital Region

"When you have that moment of clarity, as a person living with the illness of addiction, you need services on-demand."  -Congressman Paul Tonko on the need to increase availability of for addiction treatment


A new Siena Research Institute study is out examining New York's opioid epidemic. 

25 percent of Capital Region respondents say they personally know of someone, whether it be a family member, friend or acquaintance who has died due to an opioid overdose. Nine in ten Capital Region residents polled believe that the problem of opioid use has gotten worse over the past few years. Overall, 80 percent of New Yorkers think that the United States in the middle of an opioid epidemic. 

Click here to read more from the Siena study: http://files.constantcontact.com/9c83fb30501/f95aba08-a307-48f4-92ad-5e6c328a2f3d.pdf

The survey is part of a community effort by Prescription for Progress: United against opioid addiction, a newly formed coalition of Capital Region leaders committed to raising awareness and taking positive steps to address the crisis.

The statistic are also startling when it comes to how few addicts are getting treatment.  In this podcast, Congressman Paul Tonko talks about how wide-ranging the problem has become, approaches to help people in crisis and the need for more research.

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