Onondaga County Drug Taskforce

The Onondaga County Drug Task force consists of addiction specialists, public health professionals, law enforcement agents, physicians, treatment specialists, and a variety of community partners working together to combat the heroin and opioids epidemic.

Current Heroin Epidemic

Heroin use is increasing across all social classes in Onondaga County similar to state and national trends. Two main reasons for this troubling trend are:

  • Increased use of prescription opiate pain medications
  • Availability of cheap heroin

What are Opiates and Opioids?

Opiates and opioids are classes of depressant analgesics derived from or chemically similar to substances found in P. somniferum, the opium poppy. They include both naturally occurring and synthetic substances. Opiates are benzylisoquinoline alkaloids, which are found naturally in the poppy plant Papaver somniferum. The psychoactive compounds found in the opium plant include morphine, codeine, and thebaine.

A group of more than 450 concerned community members joined us for this informative and inspiring event that provided insight and solutions from experts including addiction specialists, public health, law enforcement, physicians, treatment specialists, community partners, community leaders, and families of those affected.

  • View videos of the forum in its entirety below or on You Tube.
  • Download the slides from the presentation.
  • View the Community Forum agenda.

For more information on how the county is working to combat the heroin epidemic visit their websiteExternal Icon.