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WCNY to examine the opioid crisis

WCNY, Central New York’s flagship public broadcaster in collaboration with New York State public broadcasting stations is presenting special programming during this week. “New York’s Opioid Crisis” is a first of its kind partnership to draw attention to this public health crisis and raise awareness of services available in local communities for those impacted by opioid addiction.

Public broadcasting is renowned for its thoughtful and thorough approach to public affairs and social issues, and “New York’s Opioid Crisis” will touch on topics as wide-ranging as the science of addiction, reducing the stigma of addiction and recovery, opioids and the arts, opioid addiction among veterans, and what public health officials are doing to combat the problem.

The special week of programming airs on WCNY’s GLOBAL CONNECT channel. Content is also available at WCNY’s website, For viewing information, visit


“Cycle of Health: Rehab and Addiction with Daniel Baldwin”

Thursday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. on WCNY-TV

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.

“Reversing the Stigma”

Friday, Oct 19 at 8 p.m.

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. The film, narrated by acclaimed television journalist Laurie Dhue, profiles multiple people in various stages of recovery, who share their stories and experiences.


“Chasing Heroin”

Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m.

A searing, two-hour investigation places America’s heroin crisis in a fresh and provocative light — telling the stories of individual addicts, but also illuminating the epidemic’s years-in-the-making social context, deeply examining shifts in U.S. drug policy, and exploring what happens when addiction is treated like a public health issue, not a crime.

“CONNECT NY: New York State’s Response to the Opioid Crisis”

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“CONNECT NY: Being Poor­ – Dope, But No Hope”

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“Insight: Combatting Heroin in Ithaca, NY”

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This special programing 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).

Haley Dubnoff
Director, Marketing, Communications & Creative Services
415 W. Fayette St.
Syracuse, NY 13204
(315) 385-7317

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