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Why is There an Opioid Epidemic?

  • As of 2016, doctors were writing more than 289 million prescriptions“Facing Addiction in America”, U.S. Surgeon General (2016), 413 pp addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/surgeon-generals-report.pdf​ nationwide for opioids. These prescriptions were intended as temporary relief from major pain events.
  • Due to the sedative effects on the part of the brain which regulates breathing, opioids in high doses sometimes cause respiratory failure and death. As a result, 146 people die from opioid overdose in the U.S every daywww.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates​.
  • In 2016, there were 56,000 12- to-17-year-oldsSAMHSA Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health. abusing prescription drugs in New York State.

Is It “That Bad” in Greene County & Columbia County? Yes!


A Hudson Valley heroin dealer who was found with 2,500 bags of heroin and has six drug convictions will likely spend the rest of his life in jail. 45-year-old Ronald Smith of Fallsburg was sentenced to 35 years to life in state prison after a jury at Sullivan County Court found him guilty of two counts of conspiracy, criminal sale of a controlled substance, four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence, all felonies.

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Don’t Miss the Signs of Opioid Addiction

Save a life by becoming familiar with these Physical Signs, Behavioral Signs and Items to Look for.

Please watch and share this powerful video and learn more at: http://ny.seethesignssavealife.org/.

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