Community leaders direct funds to best spots to fight opioid crisis

WNYT Staff
Updated: February 04, 2020 07:51 PM
Created: February 04, 2020 05:26 PM

Hundreds of billions of dollars are at stake and community leaders want to make sure that money is going to the right place.

For nearly two years now, NewsChannel 13 been bringing you stories under the banner of "Prescription for Progress."

They're stories about opioid addiction and how the epidemic is touching every one of your lives.

With multiple lawsuits filed against pharmaceutical companies, the "Prescription for Progress" partners are working to make sure the money helps put an end to the loss of life.

"The goal is to concentrate the resources in this community to make sure that the opioid problem is addressed with full force and as strongly as possible from every angle," said NewsChannel 13 VP/GM Stephen Baboulis.

Among the areas that the money can help with are awareness and education campaigns, enhancement and expansion of training programs for health care professionals, and support in the justice system to make sure people with opioid use disorder get the help they need.

MORE INFORMATION: "Prescription for Progress"

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