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State lawmakers to hold opioid roundtable on Staten Island to talk about creating programs ‘that work' amid years-long crisis

Added 09-15-19 07:13:01pm EST - “opioid roundtable to discuss how to create programs that work for those caught in epidemic” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “State lawmakers to hold opioid roundtable on Staten Island to talk about creating programs ‘that work’ amid years-long crisis”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

State-sanctioned, safe injection sites is among the options lawmakers will talk about at a continuing series of roundtables and hearings on the opioid crisis.

“Staten Island has been struggling with this for close to 10 years now,” co-host state Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) told the Daily News.

“We’re still struggling with, how do we create programs that work for people who for whatever reasons do not seem to want to stop using opioids?”

The roundtable comes after deadly overdoses declined for the first time in years last year — there were 1,444 deaths in 2018, 38 fewer than the year before, or a 3% drop, according to city Health Department stats.

The Staten Island neighborhood of South Beach-Tottenville was one of the five worst-hit areas in the city.

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