Fight against heroin gets new tools
There's now a new program to help fight heroin and prescription drug abuse.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has launched a new 'Kitchen Table Toolkit' as part of the New York State Combat Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse campaign.
The toolkit features two new videos which parents, teachers and community members can use to help begin conversations with youth about the health risks and dangerous consequences of heroin and prescription painkiller abuse.
"This toolkit is a valuable resource for communities, school districts and families across our state to help start serious conversations about the disease of addiction and the inherent dangers of drug use and experimentation," says Cuomo.
Between 2005 and 2014, heroin treatment admissions in New York increased by 31 percent and nationally, the heroin-related overdose death rate has increased 286 percent from 2002 to 2013.