BUFFALO, NY - A special 5k run and walk was held Saturday morning to raise awareness for the ongoing problems our community has had with heroin and opiate addiction.
"Miles for Michael" was held today in honor of Michael Isreal, who took his life in 2011 due to ongoing battles with addiction.
His father, Avi, founded the group "Save the Michaels of the World" to spread his message that painkillers like hydrocodone can lead to life-threatening addiction.
"We want to make sure people understand that a prescription can get you addicted," he told us. "And we need people to understand that addiction is also a disease. If you get addicted, it's for life."
Avi is also pushing for new regulations that would provide more training for doctors who prescribe pain medications.