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NYS Lawmakers Tackle Heroin Epidemic With Senate Task Force and Community Forums

Medical WasteNew York State has a heroin problem, and lawmakers have begun meetings with medical experts and recovering opioid addicts throughout Western and Central NYS to create programs that will effectively treat addicts and will prevent the heroin epidemic from worsening.

On May 6, St. John Fisher College hosted a community forum for heroin addicts, family members, health care providers, and law enforcement officers. The purpose of the forum was to address why and how opioid addictions in Rochester grew so much within the past year; as WXXI News notes, Monroe County saw a 40% increase last year in the number of fatalities caused by opioid overdoses.

And this heroin epidemic is hardly limited to the Rochester region.

The Sun Herald has reported that a panel of lawmakers representing Western NYS traveled to Niagara University to discuss what’s working — and not working — to fight heroin use in the Buffalo region.

In Albany, politicians have been hard at work creating a Senate Joint generic soma Task Force to evaluate how opioid use has grown, and how treatment programs throughout the state can improve in the future.

Even when heroin overdoses are caught early enough to prevent death, even with subsequent medical attention and counselling, and even with the help of a drug that reduces the urge to relapse, many recovering addicts are still likely to relapse. The mental and physical effects of an opioid addiction can last long after a recovering addict has stopped using.

Additionally, the financial costs of treating life-threatening opioid overdoses is starting to take a toll on NYS hospitals. The average hospital visit costs about $1,500, but for a heroin addict who has overdosed, the road to recovery is much more expensive. If the patient can’t cover the medical bills, it often falls on the shoulders of hospitals and taxpayers.

Reports state that the NYS Legislature plans on holding an official hearing to review the findings of the Senate Task Force.