Inside The Epidemic

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The opioid epidemic in western New York is killing residents at a rapid rate. News 4’s Jenn Schanz, Luke Moretti, Dave Greber and Nalina Shapiro took a deeper look into the widespread issue plaguing the local area.

Watch the full special “Inside The Epidemic,” in the video above and learn where you can get treatment below.

NO QUICK FIX | A high school sports injury led to Ben Francis’s decade-long struggle with drug addiction. See Luke Moretti’s in-depth look at Ben’s journey to get clean here.

SUPERVISED INJECTION? | Some leaders have taken a radical approach to fighting the opioid crisis by proposing supervised injection sites. Watch as Jenn Schanz speaks to local officials and other New York leaders on the matter here.

BREAKING THE HABIT | A local woman says she overcame addiction’s “animalistic” lifestyle. Dave Greber spoke with Brianna Cormier — a former addict who claims she use to only be “a shell of a human being.” See her story here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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