Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A group of community organizations launched a new partnership Tuesday aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic in Rochester neighborhoods.
The goal of C.A.R.E. Rochester is to clean up used syringes in the North Clinton Avenue neighborhood and help connect people to healthcare services. People living nearby can see where cleanups are scheduled and suggest areas that need cleaning on their website.
Trillium Health hired two full-time employees to clean up syringes off the streets.
The president and CEO of Trillium Health said these programs can make a difference.
"Harm reduction programs are proven to be successful in reducing the transmission of HIV related to injection drug use – in the early 1990s, more than 50 percent of all AIDS cases were related to injection drug use, and by 2014, that statistic dropped to just 3 percent,” said Andrea DeMeo, President and CEO of Trillium Health.
The Father Laurence (Larry) Tracy Advocacy Center, Ibero-American Action League, and Trillium Health all formed this coalition.
"Change has arrived; we will not go back. ¡No Más!" said Rudy Rivera, Executive Director of the Father Laurence (Larry) Tracy Advocacy Center.
Neighborhood block clubs and members of Rochester City Council also supported the partnership.
"Collaborative, community-driven partnerships such as this one will transform the North Clinton Avenue area and other neighborhoods in the 22nd District and across our City,” said Monroe County Legislator Vince Felder.
Residents can call the C.A.R.E. team to report an area in need of a syringe cleanup at (585) 210-4137 and learn more about C.A.R.E. Rochester at their website.