Since Angela Sullivan joined the fight against opioid addiction almost a decade ago, she’s seen opioid overdose numbers in Tompkins County grow by more than 30 percent.
“People were prescribed opioids, which then they became addicted to, and some of the measures that were put in to actually protect against that actually drove people to the streets to get street heroin and opiates. It is all very interconnected,” Sullivan said.
She says it all needs funding. Prevention, treatment- every aspect of this epidemic- in desperate need of attention.
And the $100 million payout from opioid manufacturers could make a big difference.