ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – 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.
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.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Treating opioid addiction as a crime isn’t an adequate way to deal with this crisis. That’s according to the 16th Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. David Satcher, who returned today to the University of Rochester Medical School, where he completed his residency in 1972 and received an honorary degree in 1995.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – Now that white communities have shifted from prescription opioid addiction to heroin addiction, New York City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett says the conversation has shifted from incarceration to treatment.
HARRISBURG, PA (WITF) – York County Solicitor Glenn Smith knows the county coroner’s phone number by heart. He calls often to get the most recent number of drug overdose deaths, a number that increases almost every day. “As of today?” said County Coroner Pam Gay. “Twenty-two confirmed, another 25 suspected.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – 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.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – 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.