Hope After Heroin

About "Hope After Heroin"

In 2015, heroin was the most frequently identified drug in toxicology reports, according to state statistics from the Drug Enforcement Agency. Experts say the problem has been building for years, stemming from the over-prescription of opioid drugs used to treat pain. While coroners and medical examiners across the commonwealth have been compiling grim statistics at an unprecedented rate, a major collaboration is underway to combat this public health crisis, with state lawmakers, law enforcement, medical professionals and advocates joining forces. In response to this growing epidemic, WQED Multimedia takes an in-depth, multiplatform look at the crisis in Western Pennsylvania.

Watch the Documentary

"Hope After Heroin"
A WQED Documentary

This program explores the opioid crisis in Western Pennsylvania. People who have experienced addiction, either themselves or through a loved one, share their stories of struggle, stigma and loss. But they also show how they've managed to use their pain as a catalyst for change, providing hope for others.

Watch the Community Forum

"Hope After Heroin: Fighting The Epidemic"
A Community Forum

Moderator Chris Moore leads the panel discussion that explores the issues directly affecting Western Pennsylvania, the ongoing joint effort to deal with the crisis, as well as what initiatives are in the process of being implemented.

Web Extras


Dr. Neil Capretto, medical director at Gateway Rehab, explains how Narcan works.


Dr. Neil Capretto, medical director at Gateway Rehab, explains the signs of addiction.


Dr. Neil Capretto, medical director at Gateway Rehab, explains what do do if you suspect drug abuse.


What is Act 139 and how did it change laws regarding Naloxone?

Get answers to frequently-asked questions about Naloxone.

Learn more about Pennsylvania’s Opioid Prescribing Guidelines.

Review Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s list of opioid treatment Centers of Excellence.

You can find additional coverage of the region’s heroin epidemic through our media partner, PublicSource, in their series, Riding the Rush.

Hope After Heroin is made possible by

ARADThe Pittsburgh Foundation

 with additional support from

The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County

Projects like these are made possible through the generous support of WQED members.

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