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Opioid Crisis: The Ripple Effect

As part of a public media collaborative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, WXXI News and partners Oregon Public Broadcasting and ideastream in Ohio present a special series, Opioid Crisis: The Ripple Effect.

The reporting series will look at the people and issues indirectly affected by the opioid crisis and make the case that the epidemic’s ripple effects impact many. 

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A recent poll illustrates the stigma surrounding drug addiction.

More than three-quarters of New Yorkers who responded to a Siena College survey about the opioid crisis say the moral failings of those who are addicted is a contributing factor in the epidemic.

At the same time, people hold the opposing view that addiction is a disease.

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A new Siena Poll addressing the state's opioid epidemic shows that 54% of New Yorkers are personally touched by opioid abuse.

Director of the Siena College Research Institute Don Levy says there is no argument that this is an epidemic.

"When we said has it touched your life? Is someone in your family, is someone you are friendly with, someone you know from work, do you know someone who has died from an overdose...when you look and say how many people meet at least one of those conditions, its nearly six out of 10 New Yorkers, it’s an astronomical figure."

A new film follows the journey of three women in the Rochester area. They’re all mothers and they’ve all served time behind bars for opioid and heroin-related crimes. Opioids from Inside is a partnership between WXXI, Blue Sky Project and PBS World. It examines the challenging path to sobriety while also showing the painful effects of addiction on families and communities. On this edition of Need to Know, we learn more about the ripple effect of this crisis through the perspectives of those featured in the film.

It’s not everyday that you hear about a neighborhood, plagued with drug sales and use, coming together and saying: “We have had enough, no more!” That’s exactly what’s happening right now in the City of Rochester’s North Clinton Avenue neighborhood. It’s an area so synonymous with drug activity, some refer to it as “Heroin Alley.” On this edition of Need to Know, you’ll see it’s also a place working to forge a new path.

Opioid epidemic fueling rise in deadly heart infections

Apr 14, 2018
ideastream

While statistics about overdose deaths from the opioid epidemic continue to dominate headlines, other debilitating and costly problems have been creeping up in the shadows.

Doctors across the country are increasingly worried about the rise of bacterial infections attacking the heart valves of IV drug users — a condition known as infective endocarditis.

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