FIGHTING THE OPIOID WAR

August 09, 2018 at 4:45 am

A Latino community in New York says “no más,” as it fights the war against opioids.

Aired on August 8, 2018.

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>>> IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, ONCE
A HOT SPOT FOR LATINO CULTURE IS
BATTLEGROUND IN THE FIGHT
AGAINST A GROWING OPIOID EP EM
DICK.
RESIDENTS FIGHTING BACK LOOKING
TO SEEK THOSE ROVING FROM
ADDICTION.
FATHER LAWRENCE TRACY HEALTH AND
WELLNESS CENTER, A COMMUNITY
OUTREACH HOPING TO CONNECT THOSE
IN SEARCH OF RECOVERY TO
RESOURCES AND CENTERS TO PROVIDE
PROPER TREATMENT.
THE CENTER'S STEWARD GIVES US A
LOOK HOW HIS TEAM IS WORKING
HARD TO COMBAT THE CRISIS
AFFECTING THEIR CITY.
>> WELCOME TO CLINTON AVENUE.
AS WE CALL IT, HOME LABINITO LA
CLINTO.
THIS IS THE -- MAIN ARTERY OF
THE LATINO COMMUNITY.
ROCHESTER.
ABOUT 7% OF THE LATIN COMMUNITY
ROCHESTER IS OF PUERTO RICAN
ORIGIN.
MANY CAME FROM THE ISLAND.
THE CONDITION OF THE COMMUNITY
TODAY IS PROBABLY A LITTLE MORE
CHALLENGED THAN ITS EVER BEEN
PARTICULARLY BECAUSE OF THE
HEROIN AND OPIOID EPIDEMIC.
MORE IMPORTANTLY BECAUSE OF THE
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE BUSINESS,
IF YOU WILL, HERE WHERE IN THE
PAST IT WAS FOR THE LATINO
COMMUNITY, ARTS AND CULTURE
PEOPLE.
YOU KNOW?
MUSIC, ET CETERA.
NOW IT'S MORE AN ALLEYWAY FOR
THOSE SEEKING TO GET THEIR FIX.
PEOPLE COME HERE.
THEY DIE.
AND THIS COMMUNITY IS STAINED
WITH THAT KIND OF REALITY.
I WOULD ARGUE THAT THE
PREPONDERANCE OF DEALERS, LATINO
AFRICAN-AMERICAN, NOT
EXCLUSIVELY, BUT IN THIS AREA IS
WHO WE ARE.
CONSUMERS.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT.
THEY ARE CAUCASIANS.
SO WHEN THE SOURCE OF HOW THIS
ENTERPRISE SURVIVES, THERE ARE
FOLKS OUTSIDE OF THIS COMMUNITY,
THEREIN LIES THE PROBLEM.
TRYING TO -- SEE IT WITH MY OWN
EYES, EXPERIENCE IT, TALKING
WITH PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT IS
HAPPENING HERE?
WHAT CAN BE DONE DIFFERENT?
THE BEAUTY I FOUND THUS FAR IS
THAT EVERYBODY'S FED UP.
INCLUDING THE YOUTH MINISTERS.
>> AROUND HERE WALKING IN THE
NEIGHBORHOOD TO IMPROVE QUALITY
OF LIFE FOR RESIDENTS WHO LIVE
HERE.
>> WHAT WE KNOW NOW IS SILENCE
IS KILLING US.
WE DECIDED TO BE PROGRESSIVE.
ASSERTIVE.
SAY TO THE PEOPLE, WE WANT TO
HELP YOU.
THAT WAS ALWAYS THE MESSAGE
HERE.
BUT AS IT IS CONSTITUTED, AS IT
IS GOING ON, NO MAS CANNOT BE, A
DHAGS WE'RE GOING TO ACCEPT.
>> NO MAS.
[ SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE ]
>> WHAT WE'RE SAYING NOW IS, NO
MAS MEANS, WANT HELP?
YOU'RE GOING TO GET IT.
WE'RE GOING TO GIVE IT TO YOU.
YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR WAYS
WE'RE GOING TO HELP.
HOWEVER, UNTIL YOU GET THERE,
LET US COME TO AGREEMENT HOW TO
CO-EXIST ON THIS AVENUE.
THEIRS THING, RESPECT FOR
YOURSELF.
AND RESPECT FOR OTHER PEOPLE AS
WE RESPECT YOU, AND WE'RE HERE
TO SUPPORT YOU.
>> THAT'S GOOD.
>> IF THEY CAN'T --
>> YOU MAKE ME HAPPY WHEN YOU DO
THAT.
>> WE'RE A GRASS ROOTS PROGRAM.
OKAY?
WHEN WE SAY GRASS ROOTS WE DON'T
REALLY HAVE A BUDGET.
WE HAVE SOME MONEY.
OKAY, THAT IS HELPING US PAY THE
RENT ONCE A MONTH.
HERE'S THE DEAL.
WE'RE GOING TO MAKE THIS THING
WORK.
AND THE REASON IT'S GOING TO
WORK IS BECAUSE IT'S TRULY A
BOTTOM-UP EFFORT.
[ SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE ]
>> DONATIONS ALL THE TIME.
IF YOU WANT TO --
TALK TO YOU -- GET INVOLVED?
A LITTLE ONE?
YOU WANT COFFEE?
>> YEAH.
>> OKAY.
>> WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE?
CREAM AND SUGAR?
YEAH?
>> I GOT THAT --
>> OKAY.
>> THE FATHER HELPING IN THE
WELLNESS CENTER.
HONOR HIM, TO CREATE A NAME REC
NATION IS IN THE DNA OF THE
LATIN FABRIC OF THIS COMMUNITY.
AND AT THE SAME TIME TO SIGNAL
TO THE STREET THAT NO MAS.
WE ARE COMING TO YOU WITH
SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
>> THE CENTER IS -- IN THE
OPIOID CRISIS, I THINK I HEARD
SOMEBODY DESCRIBE OUR SOCIETY AS
BEING SICK TODAY.
THIS IS A REFLECTION OF
REGULARLY USING OPIOIDS, BUT WHY
SOMETHING IN OUR COMMUNITY
CAUSING THE SICKNESS HERE IS A
SOCIAL DISEASE.
WE NEED TO UNITE ALL TOGETHER TO
ADDRESS IT.
>> I'VE ASKED THEM NOT TO DO
ANYMORE DRUG SALES OUT FRONT.
>> WASN'T READY TO GET SOBER
WHEN -- WHEN I NEEDED IT TO.
>> UH-HUH.
>> GENERALLY WE CO-EXIST WITH
THE FOLKS WE'RE TRYING TO REACH.
LIFE ON CLINTON STARTS AT ABOUT
1:00 IN THE AFTERNOON.
FOR THE ONES WE'RE TRYING TO
REACH.
WE'RE OPEN, DOORS OPEN.
WE SIT HERE.
ENGAGE THEM.
TALK TO THEM.
WE FEED THEM.
WE CONNECT THEM WITH RESOURCES
THAT THEY NEED AND ABOVE ALL
THINGS TRY TO GIVE THEM A
SANCTUARY, A SAFE PLACE.
>> AND ASK FOR DETOX.
DO YOU GUYS HAVE ANY BEDS
AVAILABLE?
WHAT WAS IT YOU'RE TRYING TO
DETOX FROM?
OKAY.
AND --
I MEAN, LET ME ASK YOU, ARE
YOU -- THEY DON'T -- METHADONE.
THAT'S HOW THEY DO IT.
DETOX FACILITY.
ARE YOU OKAY WITH THAT?
BECAUSE THEY HAVE A BED
AVAILABLE.
>> I WILL.
>> YOU'LL GO?
>> UH-HUH.
>> HE'LL GO.
HE REALLY WANTS HELP.
>> TRANSPORTATION -- QUOTA
TRANSPORTATION?
>> GOING TO BE HERE BEFORE 3:30
AND ACCOMMODATE FOR HIM TODAY.
>> THANK YOU.
>> AMAZING!
>> WE'VE KNOWN FOR QUITE SOME
TIME.
DOING THIS FOR QUITE A WHILE.
HE IS FINALLY READY.
>> GET IN THERE.
IT'S NOT HAPPENING --
>> ROCHESTER ONLY HAS 24 DETOX
BEDS, FOR THE WHOLE -- IT'S NOT
ENOUGH.
IT'S INSANE TO THINK THAT ALL OF
THESE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE AND
WANT HELP CAN'T GET IT.
WE'VE GOT THEM INTO PLACE IN
BAATH, ABOUT TWO HOURS AWAY.
COME AND PICK HIM UP.
THAT'S HUGE.
THAT'S HUGE FIRST STEP.
>> ALL RIGHT.
BE GOOD.
>> I HAD MY BOUTS WITH DRUG, MY
BOUTS WITH MY OWN SELF.
CAME UP FROM A HOME WITHOUT A
FATHER.
MY MOTHER RAISED US.
THERE WERE CONDITIONS THAT WERE
NOTHOSPITABLE.
VIOLENCE, ABUSE.
FOR A LONG TIME IN MY LIFE IT
TOOK ITS TOLL, AND AS LIFE WOULD
HAVE IT, THE SOLUTION FOR ME
BECAME MY FAITH.
I CAN SAY BUT FOR THE GRACE OF
GOD I KNOW I COULD NOT HAVE DONE
I WALK THAT WALK NAP IS THE
DISTINCTION.