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Local Leaders Sit Down With USDA To Combat Opioid Crisis

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The Southern Tier is continuing their fight against the opioid crisis. 

Claudia Tenney and United States Department of Agriculture's Anne Hazelett sat down with local leaders to try and figure out ways to fight the opioid crisis.

According to NY-22 there has been a 71% increase in opioid deaths in New York State between 2010 and 2015.

In the 22nd district alone there were 169 drug-related deaths in 2016.

Congresswoman, Claudia Tenney says " we've seen an 11% decrease in opioid addictions over the last year"

While having the USDA helping stop the opioid crisis may sound strange Anne Hazlett feels like they have a lot to offer We have a number of programs that can be used for prevention, treatment and recovery i think one of the things that makes us unique is the field based staff that we have, staff all over the country that have grown up and live in rural communities”

“We also have a community facilities program that can help people with everything from hospitals to treatment  clinics emergency response vehicles we’ve been doing some mobile health clinics which hold a real promise for a lot of small towns” said, Hazlett

With the number of opioid related addictions decreasing last year Hazlett, Tenney, and local leaders are looking for ways to keep those numbers dropping.