For the second week in a row, volunteers recovered a record-setting number of needles in the City of Rochester.
Hope Dealers Be The Change which led the cleanup, tells News10NBC the needles are recovered from the North Clinton neighborhoods labeled “ground zero” for the epidemic.
“Human misery… can’t think of any other way to put it,” said Volunteer Tony Frosino.
The dad started volunteering after he lost his son Anthony to heroin last December.
His son was a school athlete who became an addict after he started prescription medications for a sports injury.
“Reach out to one person and get them the help they need to get out of this disease they’re stuck in,” the dad said, explaining the benefits of the outreach.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren admits to News10NBC it’s not an easy fight.
“We’re trying our best to get people the options to choose a different path but it’s a difficult one,” said Mayor Warren. “It’s a difficult one when you suffer from this type of disease.”
Mayor Warren says she along with heads of law enforcement and community leaders meet monthly discussing the issue.
“We are working with neighbors, as well as businesses, to try and make sure our neighbors get access to support,” said Mayor Warren.
According to those on the frontline, when addicts ask for help they need it right then and there.
“We have an access clinic that opened, we are working with the hospitals and opening up beds,” said Mayor Warren, detailing resources they city is pushing to create. — WHEC 10