CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) –  Opioid addiction has become a national health crisis.  One of the factors: prescription pain medication.  Some people who become addicted are originally prescribed painkillers for an injury or after surgery, and when the prescription is done and no refills available, move on to heroin.

What is being done to address this problem?   The 22News I-Team takes a closer look at the causes of and cures for opioid addiction. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, you won’t want to miss this report Tuesday, July 21 on 22News at 6pm.

And for more information on substance abuse prevention and treatment 22News is working for you with our public service campaign, “Working for a Better Tomorrow.”  This initiative is our commitment to stem the growing drug addiction epidemic in our area and to provide information to recovery resources.