New York's Opioid Crisis

A week of special programming - October 14 - 20

In WNED's on-going commitment to raising awareness about the opioid crisis and sharing information and resources, WNED and PBS stations across New York State are dedicating a week of special programming to this epidemic.

Public broadcasting is renowned for its thoughtful and thorough approach to public affairs and social issues. “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 week will feature television programs including a new NOVA special as well as WNED-TV’s own Understanding the Opioid Epidemic and Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction.
New York's Opioid Crisis | Sunday, October 14 - Saturday October 20

New York’s Opioid Crisis brings together nine PBS television stations and five NPR stations in a first of its kind effort to focus on a single issue across multiple platforms—broadcast television, radio, podcasts, online streaming, social media, and more to draw attention to this public health crisis and raise awareness of services available in local communities for those impacted by opioid addiction.

TV programs for this statewide initiative include:

Sunday October 14
Second Opinion: Opioids to Heroin Addiction - 10am
Experts say the heroin epidemic, which is a growing problem nationwide, is largely spurred by people who first become addicted to prescribed opiate pain medications. As the pills become more expensive and harder to obtain, people move on to the cheaper and more potent high that heroin can provide. Cynthia Scudo, grandmother of twenty, shares the story of hip pain that ended with a nine-year addiction

Second Opinion Special: Overdose: Inside the Epidemic - 4pm
In this Second Opinion special Mary and Joe Mullin courageously share their son's story of opioid and heroin addiction.

Hooked RX: From Prescription to Addiction - 5pm
Investigate the alarming rise of prescription opioid abuse in Arizona in this Cronkite News special report produced by more than 100 students at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication under the guidance of over a dozen faculty members.

Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction - 5:30pm
This WNED-TV production shares the experiences of young people from Western New York who are struggling with addiction recovery. Most of the young people are making progress towards wellness and they discuss their long term fight for recovery; others have not been as fortunate. By utilizing their personal stories backed by addiction treatment specialists, researchers and parent insights, the hope is to raise awareness and advocacy for this serious epidemic in our community. Prescription painkiller addiction has no gender, race, or social status symbolism; it can affect anyone, at any age.

Reversing the Opioid Stigma - 11pm
This new documentary informs about addiction and recovery and the stigmas that surround them. "Reversing the Stigma" 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.
Wednesday, October 17
NOVA: Addiction - 9pm
Delve into America's opioid crisis - in a world in which many other diseases can be traced to addictive behavior, how do addictions work, and what can the science of addiction tell us about how we can resolve this dire social issue?

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic - 10pm
This WNED-TV production combines stories of people and communities impacted by this epidemic along with information from experts and those at the frontlines of dealing with the epidemic. The program will trace the history of how the nation got into this situation and provide possible solutions and directions for dealing with the crisis.
Friday, October 19
NOVA: Addiction - 1pm (Repeat)
Delve into America's opioid crisis - in a world in which many other diseases can be traced to addictive behavior, how do addictions work, and what can the science of addiction tell us about how we can resolve this dire social issue?

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic - 2pm (Repeat)
This WNED-TV production combines stories of people and communities impacted by this epidemic along with information from experts and those at the frontlines of dealing with the epidemic. The program will trace the history of how the nation got into this situation and provide possible solutions and directions for dealing with the crisis.

Hooked RX: From Prescription to Addiction - 3pm (Repeat)
Investigate the alarming rise of prescription opioid abuse in Arizona in this Cronkite News special report produced by more than 100 students at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication under the guidance of over a dozen faculty members.

Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction - 3:30pm (Repeat)
This WNED-TV production shares the experiences of young people from Western New York who are struggling with addiction recovery. Most of the young people are making progress towards wellness and they discuss their long term fight for recovery; others have not been as fortunate. By utilizing their personal stories backed by addiction treatment specialists, researchers and parent insights, the hope is to raise awareness and advocacy for this serious epidemic in our community. Prescription painkiller addiction has no gender, race, or social status symbolism; it can affect anyone, at any age.

Reversing the Opioid Stigma - 4pm (Repeat)
This new documentary informs about addiction and recovery and the stigmas that surround them. "Reversing the Stigma" 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.
Saturday, October 20
Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic - 2:30-5:30pm
This three-part series exposes how this catastrophic man-made public health crisis began. It features poignant stories from recovering addicts and families with losses; reveals the insights of leading doctors and law enforcement officers; reports the failure of drug companies to take appropriate responsibility for the crisis; traces what monies legislators have received; and focuses on those who fight back with effective, long-lasting treatment programs.

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic (Repeat) - 5:30pm
This WNED-TV production combines stories of people and communities impacted by this epidemic along with information from experts and those at the frontlines of dealing with the epidemic. The program will trace the history of how the nation got into this situation and provide possible solutions and directions for dealing with the crisis.
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NY State Opioid Crisis Awareness Week: Beginning

Tune in for a week of special programming outlining and tackling the enormous epidemic of opioid addiction.

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NY State Opioid Crisis Awareness Week: Beginning
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NY State Opioid Crisis Awareness Week: Beginning
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Understanding the Opioid Epidemic
Understanding the Opioid Epidemic
Understanding the Opioid Epidemic
Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction
WNED-TV Health and Wellness
Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction
Opioids to Heroin Addiction
Second Opinion
Opioids to Heroin Addiction
Interactive Multi-media Story from NOVA
Restoring Hope | Fighting the Opioid Crisis in Buffalo

Restoring Hope | Fighting the Opioid Crisis in Buffalo

This online multi-media story weaves together video, text, audio, imagery, and data journalism to tell a compelling and actionable story about addiction, prevention, and recovery. Users can scroll through videos featuring locations in the Buffalo area; watchvideo interviews with police officers, medical experts, public health officials, and "peers" in recovery; and read about how the situation in Buffalo compares to the national crisis data-wise.

NOVA’s interactive also showcase Buffalo’s efforts in linking data from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) OD Map to various aspects of the recovery process—from law enforcement to medication-assisted treatment to peer counseling. In addition, users will learn about the science of addiction and how medications can act on the brain to curb cravings, and will be able to link to the full program within the experience.

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).