Interviews & Presentations

TV Interview Beyond the Front Page

HEALing update with Project Director on Regional Media Access Channel on March 3, 2022

TV interview: National study brings light to an alarming trend in Cayuga County

For the past two years, Cayuga County has been taking part in a national study, tracking opioid overdoses in real time. Recently, they’ve noticed an alarming trend in young teens and children. Within the last year, Cayuga County has seen a major increase in overdoses in teens and young children. From 2019 to now, those numbers have tripled. Monika Salvage, the director of the program, said kids are grabbing anything they can find at home and intentionally harming themselves. It may not be illicit drugs, but it ranges from over-the-counter drugs like Advil to prescription pills. Salvage said they’re seeing this in kids as young as 11. On top of that, the number of completed suicides throughout the county has doubled since the start of the pandemic.

[Watch entire interview as aired on News Channel 9 on 6/9/2021]

Radio interview: HEALing Communities continues overdose fight

While overdoses of all substances increased by 16% from 2019 to 2020, fatal overdoses more than doubled. In 2019, 25% of all overdoses involved opioids. In 2020, the rate increased to 30%.
[Listen to the radio interview on Fingerlakes Daily News on 3/30/31]

TV Interview Beyond the Front Page

HEALing update with Project Director on Regional Media Access Channel on March 15, 2021.

Community Presentations

Sharing the progress of the HEALing work with community members, stakeholders, and elected officials is an important aspect of our outreach. The HEALing team is keeping the public informed by sharing real-time, local data and impact stories via social media, newspaper op-eds, and presentations to public bodies, such as 

  • Cayuga County Legislature's Health and Human Services Sub-Committee
  • Cayuga County Human Services Board
  • Cayuga County Alcohol and Substance Abuse Sub-Committee
  • Cayuga County Drug-Free Community Coalition
  • Auburn City Council

Auburn City Council Presentation March 26, 2021

Auburn City Council Zoom

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