Last month, the state gave hospitals a waiver allowing them to open up more detox beds to offset the shortage. On Tuesday, our news partner, News10NBC checked with both Rochester Regional Health- which includes five hospitals- and UR Medicine. Neither could point to a plan to add beds.

The opioid epidemic is showing no signs of easing, even as Monroe County has only 25 detox beds.

This is despite the fact the state eased the requirements for hospitals last month, allowing them to create more detox beds.

That is a source of frustration for David Attridge of Recovery Now NY. He wants to see more detox beds.

"It's the community's responsibility at this point to step up and say we can't have any more of these," says Attridge, "The rate of deaths we have right now, we're going to surpass last year."

Last month, the state gave hospitals a waiver allowing them to open up more detox beds to offset the shortage. On Tuesday, our news partner, News10NBC checked with both Rochester Regional Health- which includes five hospitals- and UR Medicine. Neither could point to a plan to add beds. We caught up with Monroe County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza to ask about his role in encouraging local hospitals to create detox beds.

"I called down to my colleagues in the hospital systems to give it due consideration," he says, "[It] shows the complexity of the issues, expenses of other beds."

Those beds, Dr. Mendoza says, are used to treat patients with acute illnesses. However, Attridge and other recovery advocates say there's not much that is more acute than an opioid overdose.

"I'll share a story that a patient shared with me last Thursday," says Attridge, "She's a senior and her grandson died, because when he came out of detox... he had nowhere to go."

Spokespersons for both hospital systems didn't know of specific plans and promised to get back to us.