WCNY is committed to raising awareness about the opioids crisis and sharing information and resources. WCNY and PBS stations across New York State are dedicating a week of special programming and news reports to this epidemic. The week will feature a handful of television programs, specials, documentaries and exclusive web content which you will find listed below. New York’s Opioid Crisis runs Monday, Oct.15 to Saturday, Oct. 20.
This special programming was made possible through a unique partnership with the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The Association of Public Broadcasting Stations of New York represents all nine public television stations throughout the state. They are: WNED (Buffalo), WXXI (Rochester), WCNY (Syracuse), WSKG (Binghamton), WPBS-TV (Watertown), Mountain Lake PBS (Plattsburgh), WMHT (Troy), WNET (NYC), and WLIW (Long Island).
Monday, Oct. 15
CONNECT NY: New York State’s Response to the Opioid Crisis
Original airdate: 02/26/18 Episode: 402
Responding to the opioid crisis. A look at some unusual strategies communities around the state are employing to deal with this epidemic. We hear from a panel of expert medical professionals, policymakers and community activists about why this epidemic exploded and how government and healthcare can respond creatively.
Insight: Combating Heroin in Ithaca, NY
Original airdate: 03/04/16 Episode: 304
Ithaca’s plan to curve a drug epidemic. With a place to inject heroin in a supervised environment. Mayor Svante Myrick says this plan is about keeping people alive long enough to get them the treatment that they need.
CONNECT NY: Being Poor – Dope, But No Hope
Original airdate: 03/27/17 Episode: 203
We meet a woman in recovery trying to get her life back on track after addiction led to her homelessness multiple times. Experts shed light on the challenges facing many addicts and recovering addicts living at and below the poverty line and what potential solutions and resources are available within the state of New York.
Cycle of Health: Rehab and Addiction with Daniel Baldwin
Original airdate: 6/15/17 Episode: 703
Mr. Baldwin joined Dr. O’Neill at the WCNY TV Studios to discuss his personal journey through addiction – candidly revealing his own experiences and what he’s learned along the way.
Cycle of Health: Understanding CNY’s Heroin Dependency
Original airdate: 7/7/16 Episode: 509
Find out how heroin turned this bright-eyed teen into an addicted young woman, before the drug took her life. Her grieving mother gives hope to others. We’ll show you how health providers race to help those in need. And, he escaped the grips of the heroin-high, and now helps others fighting addiction.
Friday, Oct. 19
REVERSING THE STIGMA: This film highlights the work being done in New York State to combat addiction and reminds viewers that addiction is a chronic disease that is treatable.
Reversing the Stigma, airing Thursday, October 18 at 10 a.m. on WXXI-WORLD (DT 21.2/cable 1275, is a documentary that looks at addiction and recovery and the stigmas that surround them. The film, narrated by acclaimed television journalist Laurie Dhue, profiles multiple people in various stages of recovery, who share their stories and experiences.
Dhue, a former television news anchor who hosted programs on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News, speaks throughout the film about her own nearly two-decades-long struggle with addiction, as well as her own recovery process. Along with interviews from New Yorkers in recovery, care professionals and New York State leaders, the documentary also examines stigma and the steps New York State is taking to address addiction and support people whose lives it has touched. Reversing the Stigma is presented by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services.
This program is part of New York’s Opioid Crisis, a week-long programming collaboration between WXXI and PBS stations across New York State designed to raise awareness about the opioids crisis and share information and resources with the public. New York’s Opioid Crisis runs Monday, October 15 through Sunday, October 21.
Saturday, Oct. 20
FRONTLINE: Chasing Heroin:
A searing, two-hour investigation places America’s heroin crisis in a fresh and provocative light.
FRONTLINE looks at America’s heroin crisis – telling the stories of individual addicts, but also illuminating the epidemic’s years-in-the-making social context, deeply examining shifts in drug policy, and exploring what happens when addiction is treated like a public health issue, not a crime. FRONTLINE: Chasing Heroin airs Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 9:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Facing a heroin epidemic, America is experimenting with radical new approaches to the drug problem. Following four addicts in Seattle, the film examines U.S. drug policy and what happens when heroin is treated like a public health crisis, not a crime.
This FRONTLINE special is part of New York’s Opioid Crisis, a week-long programming collaboration between WXXI and PBS stations across New York State designed to raise awareness about the opioids crisis and share information and resources with the public. New York’s Opioid Crisis runs Monday, October 15 through Sunday, October 21.
Dr. Richard Blondell is a nationally known researcher on addiction and substance abuse and public policy expert on addiction as it relates to the nation’s opioid addiction crisis. He spoke with Jim Aroune on the opioid epidemic, and our nations long history with pain relief. See more!
Dr. Richard Blondell nationally known researcher on addiction and substance abuse and public policy expert on addiction explains the major role physicians must play in the combating of the opioid epidemic. See more!
Dr. Richard Blondell is a nationally known researcher on addiction and substance abuse and public policy expert on addiction as it relates to the nation’s opioid addiction crisis. He discusses with Jim Aroune where the blame should be for the public health crisis our nation is facing. See more!
Dr. Ross Sullivan is the Director of Medical Toxicology at Upstate University Hospital.
Dr. Sullivan launched a special clinic with Upstate’s Emergency Center in 2016 to serve those addicted to opioids who arrived to the ER. They are given short-term prescriptions of Subozone, a version of buprenorphine in order to reduce withdrawal symptoms. The response helps patients get into a rehab program. Sullivan explains how the hundreds treated thus far are benefitting from the response. See more!
Dr. Sullivan discusses the challenges to making this program a success in a time when opioid epidemic is at an all time high. See more!
Dr. Sullivan discusses how doctors can better understand addiction as a disease. He believes people who suffer should be treated as victims of a disease. Is this the way forward in dealing with an epidemic that is only getting worse? See more!