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Gloversville man hopes to spread awareness of drug epidemic

December 31, 2017 06:26 PM

GLOVERSVILLE - A Gloversville journalist is showcasing a new documentary highlighting the extent of the heroin and opioid epidemic.

Greg Hitchcock initially didn’t know how bad the crisis was in the Capital Region and throughout the country. But after months of research, Hitchcock says now he understands the full scope of the heroin and opioid crisis sweeping the country.

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He also has a friend recovering from addiction, and that's what prompted him to do a little investigation.

“That addiction is there all the time. One hit, I heard, you're addicted,” he said.

That's what happened to his friend. She got to the point where she would do anything to get high.

“She was doing some shoplifting and stuff like that,” Hitchcock said.

The veteran journalist says it appears everyone and every part of society is now touched by heroin. The numbers from the Centers for Disease Control are staggering. Deaths involving heroin nearly quadrupled from 2000 to 2013. Most of the increases occurred after 2010.

Hitchcock says the Capital Region is also hit hard with overdoses. Too many young people are dying.

“The counties in our area that are most in need of prevention is Montgomery County and Saratoga County,” he said.

He interviewed law enforcement, including the Montgomery County district attorney's office, for his documentary.

“My first priority was to get this information out to the public, especially around the holiday season,” Hitchcock said.

He wanted to get the information out to help those struggling with addiction find the resources they need and to spread a little hope things will get better.

For more information on Hitchcock's project, click here.

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