The Neighborhood Center has been planning an in-patient addiction treatment center for nearly two years. $1.7 from the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) awards, revealed Wednesday in Albany, will help make that happen.
"It is an epidemic. And, you know, we're getting closer and closer to a pandemic," says Neighborhood Center Executive Director Sandy Soroka. "Everywhere. We see it. So, yes, we're entrenched in it."
Utica Police alone responded to 18 heroin and/or opioid overdoses in the month of October. One person died. The others-saved by Narcan.
The addiction treatment center will be placed in an existing building in Herkimer, but Neighborhood Center officials aren't prepared to disclose where. They are working with many partners to welcome their first patients in early 2019.