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Katie Meyer

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro says he's investigating opioid manufacturers, along with attorneys general in at least 25 other states. The announcement comes after other states and counties have filed lawsuits alleging pharmaceutical companies helped create the crisis. 

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(Harrisburg) -- A bill in the state Senate could make it more difficult to get some kinds of treatments for opioid addiction. And there are also questions about who is pushing the bill. State Senator Camera Bartolotta of Washington County proposed the legislation, which requires addiction doctors tell patients about all their options. 

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Debbie Friday's daughter is in Indiana County jail, waiting for a sentence after violating probation for crimes related to her heroin addiction. Friday - who works full-time as a nurse - has been left to take care of her four grandchildren. It's just another example of the ripple effects of the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - New medication-assisted treatment programs are opening across central New York to keep up with the opioid epidemic. The demand for the treatment is so high that a group of clinics is coming together in an effort to get the programs off the ground. 

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When people in Tompkins County need help with withdrawal symptoms, they have to go elsewhere.

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A demonstration of what a supervised injection facility for heroin users would look like has been making its way across cities in New York state. The sites would allow someone to use the drug under medical supervision. To make it a reality, the state would need a new law. 

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Safe or supervised consumption sites are places where people addicted to drugs can use drugs under the supervision of medical staff - and without fear of arrest. They're illegal in New York, but Ithaca gained national attention last year when it proposed one.

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Pennsylvania has secured a federal grant to help in the fight against drug overdose deaths. More than $26 million will be used for treatment programs. The state says it will use the money to provide treatment to 6,000 uninsured or underinsured people. It plans to set up 8 treatment hubs with physicians and other medical professionals, along with people who can provide help in the community. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - A group of health care providers, drug reform advocates and former users next Monday will roll out a controversial plan in the battle against the heroin epidemic.

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A state House panel has approved a proposal to provide some help to those trying to stop drug overdose deaths. But some are also concerned the measure creates other problems. Sponsored by Republican Representative Matt Baker of Tioga County, the bill would allow medical experts to force someone who has overdosed to stay in treatment for up to 72 hours

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