Hope After Heroin
ABOUT "HOPE AFTER HEROIN"
A WQED SPECIAL PROJECT
In 2015, heroin was the most frequently identified drug in toxicology reports, according to state statistics from the Drug Enforcement Agency. Experts say the problem has been building for years, stemming from the over-prescription of opioid drugs used to treat pain. While coroners and medical examiners across the commonwealth have been compiling grim statistics at an unprecedented rate, a major collaboration is underway to combat this public health crisis, with state lawmakers, law enforcement, medical professionals and advocates joining forces. In response to this growing epidemic, WQED Multimedia takes an in-depth, multiplatform look at the crisis in Western Pennsylvania.
WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY
"Hope After Heroin"
A WQED Documentary
This program explores the opioid crisis in Western Pennsylvania. People who have experienced addiction, either themselves or through a loved one, share their stories of struggle, stigma and loss. But they also show how they've managed to use their pain as a catalyst for change, providing hope for others.
WATCH THE COMMUNITY FORUM
"HOPE AFTER HEROIN: FIGHTING THE EPIDEMIC"
A COMMUNITY FORUM FEATURING
State Representative Ed Gainey
(Democrat) 24th Legislative District, Allegheny County
State Representative Jason Ortitay
(Republican) 46th Legislative District, Washington & Allegheny Counties
Dr. Jan Pringle
University of Pittsburgh
What is Act 139 and how did it change laws regarding Naloxone?
Get answers to frequently-asked questions about Naloxone.
Learn more about Pennsylvania’s Opioid Prescribing Guidelines.
Review Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s list of opioid treatment Centers of Excellence.
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