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Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomma/4906491235/">Thomas Marthinsen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Thomas Marthinsen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

How Vermont is attacking heroin abuse with public health

This week, NCPR is looking at how New York is beginning to grapple with the heroin epidemic in rural areas like the North Country (more stories). We thought it would be helpful to see what a state that's ahead of New York is doing.

At the beginning of this year, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin broke with tradition in a very unusual way. Instead of previewing a broad agenda for the year in his State of the State address, he dedicated the 35-minute speech to one issue: heroin and opiate addiction.  Go to full article
NY Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins at the podium along with other speakers speaking about legislation that would help address the growing opiate addiction in New York. Photo: Karen DeWitt
NY Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins at the podium along with other speakers speaking about legislation that would help address the growing opiate addiction in New York. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Heroin and marijuana discussed in Albany

It was a day of drug policy discussion in Albany, as lawmakers held a forum on decriminalizing marijuana, proposed bills to combat heroin addiction and overdoses, and made progress towards a medical marijuana program.  Go to full article
Shawn McKeen from Plattsburgh saw his life derailed, first by prescription drugs, then by street heroin.  Photo:  Brian Mann
Shawn McKeen from Plattsburgh saw his life derailed, first by prescription drugs, then by street heroin. Photo: Brian Mann

North Country heroin stuns small towns, wrecks lives

Over the last few years, Vermont has grappled with a growing heroin epidemic. The drug's painful reach into small towns has drawn national headlines. Now there's growing awareness that heroin has also arrived in the North Country. The drug is cheaper and easier to find.

At a public hearing held by a new state Senate task force, formed in March, addicts, treatment experts, police and prosecutors talked about a wave of heroin.  Go to full article
State Sen. Patty Ritchie. NCPR file photo
State Sen. Patty Ritchie. NCPR file photo

Heroin fears: Plattsburgh, Watertown hold public forums

A new state Senate task force on heroin addiction and other drugs derived from opium will hold public forums today in Plattsburgh and Watertown. The task force was formed following a surge in heroin use and deadly overdoses statewide.  Go to full article
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Photo: Danielle Sprags, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cheap, easy, deadly: heroin use rising in rural NYS

Early this month, the Food and Drug Administration approved a prescription device that can inject a fast acting antidote to heroin and other opioid drugs. It's the latest response to a surge in opioid abuse.

Heroin use has doubled between 2007 and 2012. It's no longer just an urban street drug--it's now common in small town America.  Go to full article
Casino gaming sites in New York. Photo: NY Governor's Office
Casino gaming sites in New York. Photo: NY Governor's Office

Casinos: how did we get here from Las Vegas?

If voters pass the proposed amendment to the state constitution to allow casino gambling today, New York will become the 21tst state to legalize commercial, Las Vegas style casinos.

Across much of the country nowadays, gambling seems like the natural state of things. But it wasn't always that way, as we hear from David Chanatry, with the New York Reporting Project at Utica College.  Go to full article
New York's plans to expand gambling  must be approved by voters in November.Photo: ragingwire, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York's plans to expand gambling must be approved by voters in November.Photo: ragingwire, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo will promote "yes" on casino referendum

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he plans to offer support to a November ballot referendum to allow new gambling casinos in New York.

Cuomo urged the state legislature to approve a plan to build four gambling resorts upstate, and possibly more in New York City in a few years. Now he says he will be promoting a yes vote on the referendum in the coming weeks.  Go to full article
Native-owned casinos like Turning Stone would have competition under Gov. Cuomo's plan to expand casino gambling in upstate New York. Photo: Oneida Nation
Native-owned casinos like Turning Stone would have competition under Gov. Cuomo's plan to expand casino gambling in upstate New York. Photo: Oneida Nation

Will more gambling mean more gambling addiction?

New Yorkers have a chance to vote this November on whether there should be more gambling in the state. Those who treat people with gambling addictions say it will likely result in more problem gamblers.  Go to full article
"My association with being a felon is probably the same as most people's: You're dehumanized. There's a stamp on your forehead that says 'you're less than.'" Photo: Natasha Haverty
"My association with being a felon is probably the same as most people's: You're dehumanized. There's a stamp on your forehead that says 'you're less than.'" Photo: Natasha Haverty

Alternatives to Incarceration: Back in the world

Today, the final part in a series about society's efforts to turn away from long-term incarceration for nonviolent offenders. In Part one, we met Jeff, a college-bound young man from Western New York who fell into serious drug addiction, broke into a pharmacy, and cycled through drug courts and rehab for years before being sentenced to prison.

But instead of serving a four year sentence, Jeff went to Moriah Shock, a bootcamp-style, six-month program in the Adirondacks. We left off yesterday when Jeff was three months away from his release, and feeling confident his time in Shock would help him stay drug and crime-free when he returned home.

"I mean obviously I'm not going to walk around, I'm not going to march around and call cadence, but it helps establish certain discipline that's essential through the program, and this is from the heart, I'm not just speaking to build up the program because I know whatever I say is going to be fine."

In Part three, producer Natasha Haverty finds Jeff back in the world, rebuilding his life and looking ahead.  Go to full article
Lunchtime in the mess hall. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Lunchtime in the mess hall. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Alternatives to Incarceration: into Shock prison

This week as part of our Prison Time Media Project, producer Natasha Haverty is looking at some of the approaches cash-strapped states are taking to try and cut prison their populations.

Yesterday, we began the story of Jeff, a young man from western New York who fell into serious drug addiction and broke into a pharmacy to feed his habit. After spending years cycling through drug courts, unable to stay off drugs, he was sent to prison here in the North Country.

"It's very true to say that I as given a great opportunity at drug court and I failed. I failed at drug court. I failed. I'm going to prison, for years. That's the lowest of the low, that's the lowest I can think of before death."

But unlike many other inmates, Jeff was sent to a shock prison in Moriah, in Essex County, which focuses on life skills training and rehabilitation. Part two of our series takes us to Moriah Shock and finds Jeff at the middle of his prison sentence.  Go to full article

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