Heroin, Opioid Abuse Rampant In New York, Task Force In Place

Heroin, Opioid Abuse Rampant In New York, Task Force In Place
Heroin Bottles Karen Neoh / Flickr CC BY 2.0

In a bid to curb the state’s lingering problem with narcotics, local lawmakers in New York are holding two separate upstate fora about heroin and opiate abuse, a report shows.


According to a report published by the Washington Times, citing the Associated Press, it showed that a task force of New York Senate has scheduled two forums held in two venues, Oneonta and Penn Yan. This, according to the report, was in response to the country’s continued problem with illegal drugs that’s been affecting different states countrywide.

The AP reported that aside from the country’s lingering problem with heroin abuse, the country is also struggling with its fight against other commonly abused narcotics such as codeine, morphine, and oxycodone. It added that in 2012 alone, a total of 914 cases of narcotics-related overdose, especially due to heroin and opiates, have been reported in New York.

The forums, which were held Tuesday, were in preparation for Ithaca City’s hosting for the first supervised injection facility in the country, the mayor told AP earlier. The injection facility is a groundbreaking initiative to address the growing problem of heroin and opiates abuse in the State of New York.

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In the national level, US Governors are also on the look-out for possible programs in addressing the worsening problem with narcotics in a countrywide level, a report from the New York Times showed. The report, however, noted that the National Governors Association is particularly interested in the regulation of opioid use as painkillers.

“Laws aimed at unscrupulous providers can make ethical providers less willing to prescribe out of fear of scrutiny from law enforcement. [And] one state’s successful efforts to reduce illicit sources of prescription drugs can shift illegal activities to neighboring states,” the National Governors Association wrote in a monograph as quoted by the New York Times.

Current data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) showed that between 2000 and 2014, almost half a million Americans died from a drug overdose. The report added that deaths due to opiates and heroin abuse hit record high in 2014, which translates to 14 percent increase from the previous year.