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

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

Moderator Chris Moore leads the panel discussion that explores the issues directly affecting Western Pennsylvania, the ongoing joint effort to deal with the crisis, as well as what initiatives are in the process of being implemented.

"HOPE AFTER HEROIN: FIGHTING THE EPIDEMIC"

A COMMUNITY FORUM FEATURING

Moderator

Chris Moore

Chris Moore

WQED Multimedia

Panelist

Ed Gainey

State Representative Ed Gainey

(Democrat) 24th Legislative District, Allegheny County

Panelist

Jason Ortitay

State Representative Jason Ortitay

(Republican) 46th Legislative District, Washington & Allegheny Counties

Panelist

Jan Pringle

Dr. Jan Pringle

University of Pittsburgh
School of Pharmacy

Panelist

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

Licensed Counselor

WEB EXTRAS

HOW NARCAN WORKS

Dr. Neil Capretto, medical director at Gateway Rehab, explains how Narcan works.

SIGNS OF ADDICTION

Dr. Neil Capretto, medical director at Gateway Rehab, explains the signs of addiction.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT DRUG ABUSE

Dr. Neil Capretto, medical director at Gateway Rehab, explains what do do if you suspect drug abuse.

RESOURCES

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.

You can find additional coverage of the region’s heroin epidemic through our media partner, PublicSource, in their series, Riding the Rush.

"HOPE AFTER HEROIN" IS MADE POSSIBLE BY

ARADThe Pittsburgh Foundation

 with additional support from

The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County

Projects like these are made possible through the generous support of WQED members.

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