(AP) Parents praise New York City Mayor Niki Hilary for her positive parenting solution to the heroin epidemic.
The parents of a 4-year-old boy and his mother say they are grateful the mayor and other officials are working with the city to reduce the number of people addicted to opioids.
The mayor said Friday that he is not aware of any other cities that have seen a decrease in opioid use among children under the age of 18.
He added that he plans to meet with federal officials to see how they can help, and that his administration has already begun to implement measures.
The families of the boy and the girl are parents of two of the country’s most deadly children, who both were killed by opioids.
They are in the middle of a recovery process.
Haley said she is proud of the progress the city is making, including the increased availability of methadone and other opioid treatments.
She also said the opioid epidemic has caused “an epidemic of despair” and that more needs to be done to help the kids.
She said her administration is focused on reducing the number and type of opioid prescriptions, and is working to get states and the federal government to create more programs to help addicts and the families they love.
“We’re doing all we can to make a difference,” Haley said.
“It’s a matter of trying to find a balance between a need for compassion and a need to do something about this problem.”
Haley says the city’s recovery plan will require more than a single city-run rehab center.