New Research Indicates Two Thirds of Southern Tier Residents Touched by Opioid Crisis
Southern Tier Residents Cite Pharmaceutical Companies as Being Responsible for the Current Crisis.August 15th, 2018 - (Binghamton, New York) —The Southern Tier Addiction Resource Center has recently partnered with Siena Research Institute to expand a recent poll on the effects of the opioid crisis in the region. Today leaders from the HealthlinkNY Southern Tier Addiction Resource Center and Truth Pharm announced early results from a poll conducted by Siena Research Institute and how the local community is responding. “These findings show the extent to which this crisis has impacted people from every corner of our community. The fact that more than two thirds of us have been impacted by this crisis is a reminder you are not alone in facing this disease.”; said Mr. Phillip Ginter, Regional Director of Community Initiatives for HealthlinkNY. “Whether you or someone you know is struggling, we want you to know help is here. Through the work of the Southern Tier Addiction Resource Center and our community partners like Truth Pharm we are working to make sure no one has to face addiction alone.” Ginter cites the widespread impact of the current opioid crisis as part of the reason HealthlinkNY will be a sponsor at Truth Pharm’s Trail of Truth taking place on Thursday August 23rd at the Peacemaker Stage in Binghamton. Ginter continues to say: “Partners like Truth Pharm are helping to raise awareness not only about the issue but also potential solutions.” Ms. Alexis Pleus, Executive Director of Truth Pharm speaks about the importance of the survey results: “Collecting data about the severity of the opioid healthcare crisis is extremely important. Sadly, that data only confirms the pain and struggles so many families are currently facing in the Southern Tier. We will continue to do the work necessary to reduce the harms caused to individuals and family members." In addition to organizing the Trail of Truth taking place on Thursday August 23rd at 4 pm at the Peacemakers Stage in Binghamton, Truth Pharm will be joining others from across the country at Purdue Pharma to raise awareness about the role pharmaceutical companies have played in the current crisis. According to the Siena survey, 86% of Southern Tier residents believe pharmaceutical companies like Purdue Pharma are “very” or “somewhat” responsible for the current heroin crisis. 70% of Southern Tier residents support the New York State Attorney General in pursuing lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies. The Sienna Research Institute study was funded in part by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The Southern Tier Addiction Resource Center (STAR) is a regional partnership serving Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins County managed by HealthlinkNY. STAR is funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to bring people together, leverage regional resources, and foster continued collaboration among individuals and organizations interested in reducing the impact of addiction in the Southern Tier. Help is here. Healing is possible. To find out about local resources call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211. About HealthlinkNY HealthlinkNY is a regional nonprofit organization committed to improving health outcomes, increasing the quality of care, and improving the effective and efficient delivery of care at the individual and community level. Funded by the New York State Department of Health and New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, HealthlinkNY operates the Health Information Exchange, Community Network, and Southern Tier Addiction Resource Center. HealthlinkNY connects health providers and patients to the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), allowing participating clinicians to exchange patient records throughout New York State. The HealthlinkNY Community Network was created to provide a neutral forum for identifying, sharing, disseminating, and helping implement best practices and strategies to improve community health and reduce health disparities. Learn more by visiting www.healthlinkny.com.