opioid http://wrvo.org en Why heroin use has become an epidemic http://wrvo.org/post/why-heroin-use-has-become-epidemic <p></p><p>Use of the illegal narcotic heroin is on the rise across the nation and in New York state. In the last decade, the number of people hooked on heroin is estimated to have doubled. And it is claiming lives from actor Philip Seymour Hoffman to SUNY Oswego students. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," Hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, speak with The New York Times reporter J. David Goodman, who has reported extensively on the causes and effects of the heroin epidemic.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 09:34:00 +0000 WRVO News 56532 at http://wrvo.org Opioid drug industry often targets middle schoolers, expert says http://wrvo.org/post/opioid-drug-industry-often-targets-middle-schoolers-expert-says <p></p><p>Abuse of heroin and opioids is something that often starts in adolescence, according to SUNY Upstate Medical Center addiction expert Dr. Brian Johnson. He said the illegal drug industry begins targeting middle schoolers, so they become addicted by the time they’re out of high school.</p><p>“The industry wants to recruit children,” Johnson said. “It’s a pediatric disease. By the time some of these kids get to college, the college [health care providers] say they’ve had this addiction for several years and it’s entrenched.”</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 10:04:31 +0000 Ellen Abbott 55694 at http://wrvo.org String of heroin overdoses stresses prevention drug training http://wrvo.org/post/string-heroin-overdoses-stresses-prevention-drug-training <p></p><p>A spate of heroin overdoses last week in Syracuse has created a more urgent tone for one community organization’s program meant to fight overdoses. The Opioid Overdose Prevention Program run by ACR Health in Syracuse hopes to prevent stories like this in the future.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:33:50 +0000 Ellen Abbott 54640 at http://wrvo.org String of heroin overdoses stresses prevention drug training A hard life: heroin use increases in region, strains services http://wrvo.org/post/hard-life-heroin-use-increases-region-strains-services <p></p><p>Last week the Food and Drug Administration approved a prescription device that can inject a fast acting antidote to heroin and other opioid drugs. It’s the latest response to a surge in opioid abuse. Heroin use has doubled between 2007 and 2012, and it’s no longer just an urban street drug; it’s now common in small town America.</p><p>For almost 40 of his 54 years, Jerry Jones has done drugs.</p><p>"At an early age, started with pot, drinking," Jones said. "It wasn't long after that where I started using other drugs, cocaine, speed, acid. I've done every drug under the sun."</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:42:11 +0000 David Chanatry 53920 at http://wrvo.org Crouse's opioid program expanding to meet rising needs for treatment http://wrvo.org/post/crouses-opioid-program-expanding-meet-rising-needs-treatment <p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:41:46 +0000 Ellen Abbott 50963 at http://wrvo.org Crouse's opioid program expanding to meet rising needs for treatment