New York’s Opioid Crisis


WSKG Public Media joins with the public broadcasters of New York State in focusing attention on the opioid epidemic, with special programming the week of October 15 – 19 and beyond.


Available addiction treatment including crisis/detox, inpatient, community residence, or outpatient care can be found using the NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at or through the NYS OASAS website. Visit to learn more about the warning signs of addiction, review information on how to get help, and access resources on how to facilitate conversations with loved ones and communities about addiction. For tools to use in talking to a young person about preventing alcohol or drug use, visit the State’s Talk2Prevent website.

The special programing aired during Opioid Week on WSQX radio and WSKG TV is made possible by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

WSQX Radio

Monday, October 15 @ 11:00am on WSQX – The Pulse: Crisis Mode, PRX, WHYY As drug overdose deaths continue to soar, cities hit hard by the opioid crisis are considering a controversial new proposal: safe injection sites.

Tuesday, October 16 @ 11:00am on WSQX – Take Care #3, PRX, WRVO
The theme of this episode is the national opioid epidemic and what doctors and organizations are doing to combat it.

Wednesday, October 17 @ 11:00am on WSQX – The Opioid Crisis: The Ripple Effect, WXXI Partner stations WXXI in Rochester, New York, ideastream in Cleveland, Ohio, and Oregon Public Broadcasting are co-producing a one-hour talk show, The Opioid Crisis: The Ripple Effect.

Thursday, October 18 @ 11:00am on WSQX – Reveal: Too Many Pills, PRX and Center for Investigative Reporting On Reveal, we share how the government failed to stop the opioid epidemic.

Friday, October 19 @ 11:00am on WSQX – The Rush, produced by WSKG News  The Rush: Digging Into Addiction hopes to shine some light on what addiction really is. Produced by WSKG’s Crystal Sarakas & Bret Jaspers.


Saturday, October 6 – 5:00 am on WSKG TV Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic #101 An Odyssey of Ignorance & Greed. A look at how an aggressive pharmaceutical mass marketing campaign for OxyContin mislead doctors.

Sunday, October 7 – 6:00 pm on WSKG TVSecond Opinion – Opioids to Heroin Addiction. A grandmother shares the story of hip pain that ended with a nine-year addiction to heroin.

Saturday, October 13 – 5:00 am on WSKG TVDo No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic #102 Ground Zero. Health experts, government and law enforcement officials discuss opioid addiction in rural America.

Sunday, October 14 – 6:00 pm on WSKG TVSecond Opinion – Drug Overdose. Two months after their son Patrick died of a heroin overdose, Mary and Joe Mullin share their story.

Monday, October 15 – 12:00 am on WSKG TVFrontline: Chasing Heroin Discover what happens when heroin is treated like a public health crisis, not a crime, in Seattle.

Monday, October 15 – 9:00 pm on WSKG TVReversing The Stigma A new documentary that highlights the work being done in New York State to combat addiction. The film profiles multiple people in various stages of recovery, who share their stories and experiences.

Tuesday, October 16 – 11:00 pm on WSKG TVSecond Opinion Special: Overdose: Inside The Epidemic The alarming rise of heroin-related overdose deaths in America is examined.

Wednesday, October 17 – 9:00 pm on WSKG TVNova #4512 Addiction NOVA joins scientists and sufferers alike as they probe the mysteries of addiction.

Saturday, October 20 – 5:00 am on WSKG TVDo No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic #103 Rocky Road to Recovery People who are on the rocky road to recovery share their harrowing stories of opioid addiction.

Saturday, October 20 – 4:00 pm on WSKG TVUnderstanding The Opioid Epidemic Stories of people impacted by the opioid epidemic and Information from experts and are featured.

Sunday, October 21 – 6:00 pm on WSKG TVSecond Opinion – Addiction to Pain Medications Does pain medications lead to addiction? Signs of opioid pain medication abuse are discussed.

Saturday, October 27 – 5:00 am on WSKG TVDrugged Driving Driving impaired from illegal drugs, pills or even prescription medicines is a dangerous new trend.

Sunday, October 28 – 6:00 pm on WSKG TVSecond Opinion – Pain Management Beyond Opioids Learn what’s on the horizon as researchers work to help find ways for people to better manage pain.