Former Surgeon General: Opioid Addiction Shouldn’t Be Treated As A Crime

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.

Why 16 PA Counties Are Suing OxyContin Drug Maker

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.

Poll Confirms Perceived Stigma Surrounding Drug Addiction

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.