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The Dragon Lives Here

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The Dragon Lives Here: Heroin in the Capital Region Cover Image - white and red text on a black backgroundThe Dragon Lives Here: Heroin in the Capital Region Cover ImageWMHT

Learn about the devistating effect of Heroin in the Capital Region and what is being done about it.


The Opioid Crisis is killing people in every part of our community. A local police chief is trying a new approach. School nurses are training to save students who overdose. Art and the outdoors are helping addicts heal.

Working with public media around New York and the state’s Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, WMHT is looking at new approaches to dealing with the Opioid Crisis. We have also assembled resources here for anyone who needs help or knows someone who does.

The Dragon Lives Here: Heroin in the Capital Region

Heroin In Our Community | A Conversation

Aired: 2015-11-09 55:38 Rating: NR

A conversation about the heroin epidemic in New York's Capital Region.

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New York NOW

From Jail to the 'Great Outdoors'

Aired: 2018-10-19 26:46 Rating: NR

Learn about a different approach to the opioids epidemic.

WMHT Specials

Opioid PAARI

Aired: 2018-10-15 7:56 Rating: NR

Police in Chatham, NY use the PAARI model to deal with New York's Opioid Crisis.



Explore in-depth reporting on the heroin epidemic from the Times Union.



Acacia Network | Camino Nuevo Network of Latino based agencies that offer a unique constellation of services in the area of health, housing, and economic development.

The Albany Damien Center’s mission is to enhance the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS in an affirming environment and to reduce new infections in the communities we serve.

The Addictions Care Center of Albany, Inc. Since 1967, ACCA has been a part of the community, strengthening the lives and improving the futures of thousands of individuals.

Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State Supports organizations, groups and individuals who prevent and alleviate personal, social and economic consequences of addiction.

Alliance for Positive Health The mission of the Alliance for Positive Health is to reduce the impact and incidence of HIV/AIDS and other serious medical and social conditions.

Combat Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse Under historic legislation signed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the Combat Heroin website was developed to fight the growing heroin and prescription opioid epidemic in New York State.

Friends of Recovery, New York Dedicated to promoting policies and practices supporting a vision of recovery from addiction.

Harm Reduction Coalition Founded in 1993 and incorporated in 1994 by a working group of needle exchange providers, advocates and drug users.  

The Next Step, Inc. A unique program that empowers women with alcohol and other drug addictions to begin and sustain a life-long process of recovery through an individualized continuum of residential treatment and supportive living services.

The Prevention Council The Prevention Council has worked for more than 30 years to give young people the skills to choose healthy behaviors, provide families with the tools to foster positive child development, help communities build family-friendly environments, and help schools build supportive climates for students.

RAIS-OurVoice! Recovery advocacy in Saratoga where people and families can connect to resources for addiction recovery.

Specialized K9 Detection Services Specialized K9 is a unique business utilizing “drug dogs” to seek out illegal narcotics in private homes, businesses, schools, and drug treatment facilities

Young People in Recovery, New York Young People in Recovery changes the world so all young people in or seeking recovery are given the opportunity to become empowered.



Heroin at Home An in-depth look at the heroin epidemic from WXXI in Rochester.

Mountain Lake Journal | Heroin Segments from Mountain Lake PBS exploring the heroin crisis. Watch Lifelong Addiction, Daily StigmaHeroin Epidemic in PlattsburghHeroin Crisis in the Village of Malone, and the New Face of Heroin.  



FRONTLINE | History of the Drug War

FRONTLINE | The Opium Kings Learn about heroin in the brain, its chemistry and effects.

Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction PBS LearningMedia resource that contains helpful guides for educators and families.

When Something Scary Happens PBS Kids resource for talking with kids about scary things in their lives.

PBS NewsHour | America Addicted A resource on how the opioid crisis is devastating communities across the nation.