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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer was in our region today to promote the Opioid Crisis Response Act.

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The Siena College Research Institute has released the final installment of a four-part poll that takes a comprehensive look at the scope of the opioid crisis in New York. 

A few months ago, Kourtnaye Sturgeon helped save someone's life. She was driving in downtown Indianapolis when she saw people gathered around a car on the side of the road. Sturgeon pulled over and a man told her there was nothing she could do: Two men had overdosed on opioids and appeared to be dead.

"I kind of recall saying, 'No man, I've got Narcan,' " she says, referring to the brand- name version of the opioid overdose antidote, naloxone. "Which sounds so silly, but I'm pretty sure that's what came out."

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In what’s being called a first-of-its-kind four-part poll, the Siena College Research Institute takes a comprehensive look at the scope of the opioid crisis in New York State.

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New York Congressman Paul Tonko is hoping to build on a brief conversation with the president this week as part of the ongoing battle against opioids.

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The opioid crisis has required involvement from educators, parents, law enforcement and young people, with addiction touching people from all walks of life. And now, many religious congregations find themselves responding in Berkshire County.  Clergy are being trained on how to use Naloxone.

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Police in Dalton, Massachusetts will start carrying the overdose reversal drug Narcan as early as next week. 

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Police in Dalton, Massachusetts are awaiting state approval to carry the overdose reversal drug Narcan.

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The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission wants more municipal leaders and residents to be trained in using the overdose reversal drug Naloxone. They say there is a growing opioid crisis in Western Massachusetts. 

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When Albany County Executive Dan McCoy delivered his sixth State of the County Address last week, he announced the next phase in his fight against the opioid crisis.


The North Adams Ambulance Service and a community organization are partnering to offer overdose reversal training.

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The Pittsfield Fire Department recently received a grant to carry the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan.

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Earlier this month police officers and firefighters in North Adams started carrying the opioid overdose reversal drug known as Narcan. They’ve already had to use the kits multiple times.

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A proposal to set aside $30 million to fight the heroin epidemic in New York state has been announced by the Assembly.

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Massachusetts is giving $700,000 to first responders in 40 communities to equip themselves with an opioid overdose reversal drug.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says the state has reached a first-in-the-nation agreement with the maker of an opioid overdose reversal drug.

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A Vermont school district has voted to move forward to bring a heroin overdose antidote into its schools.

NYS Senator Wants Anti-Overdose Drug Available OTC

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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is asking the health commissioner to allow Narcan, the drug used to counteract heroin overdoses, to be sold without a prescription. Another state senator says there needs to be more training to administer the drug first.

State Senator David Carlucci, an Independent Democrat, has penned a letter to Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, with a request concerning Naloxone, commonly called Narcan, a drug used to counter an opioid overdose.

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal recently proposed legislation aimed at preventing prescription drug and heroin overdoses.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is urging the maker of a heroin overdose antidote to stop what he says is a 62 percent spike in cost of the drug that has saved scores of lives since it was first distributed to addicts and first responders.

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Vermont Health Department statistics show that overdose antidote kits for heroin and other opiate drugs distributed to the general public were used 38 times to treat overdoses during the first six months of a pilot program.

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A New York Congresswoman has announced she is joining the list of co-sponsors of a bill to combat heroin overdoses. Representative Nita Lowey was in Westchester County among local officials discussing ways to stem New York’s heroin epidemic.

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A New York congressman from the Hudson Valley is co-leading a letter-sending effort to urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take action regarding a drug used to combat heroin overdoses.

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The Vermont Health Department is launching a program to distribute an antidote for opium-based drug overdoses directly to addicts.