REPORT: Upstate New York sinks in flood of legal opioids

The flood of legal opioids washing over upstate New York deepened over the past decade, even as awareness grew that prescription drugs were helping fuel the nation's addiction crisis.

In the Binghamton, Ithaca and Elmira areas, the amount of available drugs based on oxycodone — the active ingredient in OxyContin and the nation's most-prescribed class of opioid — more than doubled between 2007 and 2015. The total grew by 31 percent in Rochester, nearly doubled in Westchester and tripled in Poughkeepsie.

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