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 looks at the people and issues indirectly affected by the opioid crisis and makes the case that the epidemic’s ripple effects impact many. 

You'll also find our continuing coverage of the crisis here. 

We want to hear what you have to say about opioid and heroin use in our community. Please click on this link to take a short survey.


What does it take to change the identity of a neighborhood? Residents of the Lyell Avenue neighborhood having been working to develop solutions to persistent challenges in the area, and now they want to share their work with the community. They will host a forum on June 1st, and it's open to the public. 

We hear from them, and from Monroe County Sheriff Baxter on what it takes to uplift a neighborhood. Our guests:


A new poll from Siena College shows that 90% of New Yorkers say the current opioid crisis is worse than previous public health crises.

An overwhelming majority of New Yorkers also supports strengthening prescription monitoring services; 82% say doctors should be punished for over prescribing.

But when it comes down to how the addiction started, Research Institute Director Don Levy says New Yorkers are divided on who is to blame.

Billboards with a warning to drug dealers

May 3, 2018

Law enforcement and the private sector are teaming up to send a message to drug dealers:

If you deal drugs and someone dies, you're going to prison for homicide.

That's what it says on a billboard near High Falls that was unveiled this morning.

Gary Rogers, owner of Dock Hardware, paid for it.

He said one of his employees was personally affected by the opioid crisis.



The latest Siena College poll on opioids says 24% of New Yorkers were prescribed opioids in the last two years.

Don Levy, Research Institute Director at Siena College says in the third part of their polling series on the epidemic, they wanted to know what happens in the doctor’s office.