A new effort Monday morning by local leaders and politicians to fight the deadly opioid epidemic here in Rochester.
Rep. Joe Morelle (D-25) introduced a $501 million spending pill to fight against the opioid crisis. Some of that money will go towards supporting grass roots organizations like ROCovery Fitness, who helps people life a better life without drugs.
Morelle was joined by Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter, along with leaders from ROCovery Fitness Monday. Morelle says the opioid epidemic has lost too many people and impacted lives of their families and the local community.
Locally, there were more than 1,000 overdoses last year and 166 fatalities — statistics that law enforcement officials say should not be the norm.