Bus-full of advocates in Opioid Crisis heading to Albany

A bus-full of Rochester-based advocates against opioid abuse are in Albany this morning rallying for change.

A group of Western New York advocates fighting the Opioid Crisis has left Rochester for Albany.

About 60 from Rochester and 50 from Buffalo are representing the Greater Monroe Recovery Community Organization at a state-wide event and legislative meeting.

The group is petitioning OASAS and the NY Department of Health, asking area hospitals to change Emergency Department policies that send people back out on the streets after an overdose.

They've gone every year for the last three, but this is the first time they've had a bus-full of representatives, which they say is a sign the opioid crisis has grown into the worst health care crisis since the AIDS epidemic.

"Three years ago, we had three people from Rochester," said steering committee member Lori Drescher. "We have the voices, we've always had the passion, but now we have a united voice."

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