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Heroin needle, Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielleellis55/13295727434/in/photolist-mfU5xU-mfS6bc-cenaT-Jyndv-4PsCEL-4KNJ9Q-65SpkG-5DbZz4-aDrE9x-aqV1pK-5SviVC-5xG6CF-gpwP73-j2iq6X-65G8XH-jFr6Gt-jFrmQz-jFrE2D-jFsgDv-jFsrcr-jFstic-jFsKi8-jFsKUM-jFsNXk-jFt4zt-jFtoD8-jFtp3W-jFtsqN-jFtvXg-jFtEgG-jFtHrE-jFtW9o-jFtYZJ-jFuhsb-jFunvA-jFuxkq-jFuRzw-jFvoAj-jFvV33-jFso6B-jFsPje-jFsRtp-jFsZkX-jFu469-jFu6w1-jFujoU-jFuAbW-jFv1au-jFvbsy-jFvoMJ">Danielle Sprags</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Heroin needle, Photo: Danielle Sprags, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Legislature passes package of anti-heroin bills

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Legislature has passed a series of bills to curb heroin and opioid use throughout the state.

The 11 bills, which passed unanimously Thursday, include a requirement for insurance companies to better cover substance-abuse treatment. They also call for a public awareness campaign and harsher penalties for illegal drug distribution.  Go to full article
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/caveman_92223/3410000930/in/set-72157624415963106">Chuck Coker</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: Chuck Coker, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Medical marijuana's fate still unclear in NYS legislature

The fate of a medical marijuana bill remains up in the air in New York State. The State Assembly has approved a version that would allow patients to obtain the drug for medical treatment, while a similar measure remains hung up in the State Senate.  Go to full article
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/caveman_92223/3410000930/in/set-72157624415963106">Chuck Coker</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: Chuck Coker, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Medical marijuana legislation passes Assembly

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Democratic-led Assembly has passed medical marijuana legislation, increasing pressure on the Senate to pass the measure before the session concludes at the end of June.  Go to full article
Naloxone (also known as Narcan). Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/punchingjudy/1934879517/in/photolist-3WYLgF-7Z11kZ">PunchingJudy</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Naloxone (also known as Narcan). Photo: PunchingJudy, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Heroin overdose-fighting drug comes to the North Country

Last month, almost 300 police officers from across the state gathered in Albany, to learn how to use what some health officials call the "magic weapon" in the fight against heroin. It's called Naloxone or Narcan, and if administered early enough, it can save the life of someone overdosing.

Officers came away from the two-day training not only knowing how to administer the medication, but also with prescriptions and kits of it to keep in their vehicles, all free of charge. And April's training was just the first: the plan is to bring the trainings around New York--including up to the North Country, where, for example, Malone Village police will train to use Naloxone next Wednesday.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/garysoup/367513235/">Gary Stevens</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Gary Stevens, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Massena responds to dirty needle discoveries

Massena's chief of police, Tim Currier, says he is looking into programs that would encourage safe disposal of used syringes. The syringes are a biohazard; sometimes they transmit diseases like Hepatitis C or HIV.

Last month, Massena police officers responded to 11 calls from people who found used syringes in public: in a park, near a school, and on Main Street.  Go to full article

Nine heroin overdoses in one day escalate calls for change

This week NCPR is looking in-depth at the crisis of heroin use in rural New York and Vermont (hear those stories here.) Some officials say there needs to be a better way to track heroin overdoses and deaths. On Tuesday, nine people in Burlington overdosed in a single day, prompting calls for better coordination between police and healthcare experts.  Go to full article
Cooking heroin. Experts say the drug is cheap and easy to find in the North Country. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Heroin.JPG">Psychonaught</a>, public domain
Cooking heroin. Experts say the drug is cheap and easy to find in the North Country. Photo: Psychonaught, public domain

Hooked on heroin, searching for treatment

This week, North Country Public Radio has been looking at the rapid spread of heroin in rural New York (find those stories here). It's easy to find and cheap to buy and experts say it's ruining people's lives at an unprecedented rate.

But this isn't the first time heroin has surged in the North Country's small towns. A decade ago, rural heroin spiked in small towns and college campuses across the region. Today, we're returning to Brian Mann's story from 2004 about two recovering heroin addicts struggling to find methadone treatment, driving long-distance to Syracuse.  Go to full article
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
District Attorney Derek Champagne from Franklin County says treatment, not more arrests, is the best strategy for the heroin crisis.  Photo: Brian Mann
District Attorney Derek Champagne from Franklin County says treatment, not more arrests, is the best strategy for the heroin crisis. Photo: Brian Mann

Heroin fight shifts from "war" to public health

This week, we're looking in-depth at the heroin epidemic that's hitting small towns in rural New York and Vermont (find more stories).

In many ways, the spread of cheap heroin in rural America mirrors the urban drug crisis of the 1970s that sparked America's national war on drugs.

But these days, even many police and prosecutors say they want a new approach, one that will send more addicts for treatment and recovery, with fewer men and women going to prison for lengthy sentences.  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

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