WATCH: Former Heroin Addict Speaks Out To Help Save Lives
206 - that is the number of deaths in 2016 related to heroin, opioids, fentanyl, and related substances within the ten counties served by the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s office. That’s a number that grew 142% from 2015 to 2016. It’s also a number that the Polito family of Rochester, like countless others, feared would include their own child, Mary Jo. In 2016 they learned their daughter was addicted to heroin and life as they knew it changed. Now, Mary Jo is speaking out for the first time in the hopes of saving at least one life.