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New York State invests to combat drug epidemic

April 19, 2017 06:25 PM

Governor Cuomo signed new legislation investing $200 million to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic across New York. 

The funding is part of the State's newly approved budget. 

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It will be used to increase treatment access for those struggling with addiction and help limit the over prescription of opioids across New York. 

"We have made significant progress in combating the devastating heroin and opioid epidemic in New York, but this crisis continues to plague our communities and we must do everything in our power to combat each facet of this complex health emergency," Governor Cuomo said. "This comprehensive investment addresses each component of heroin and opioid addiction – prevention, treatment, and recovery – to help individuals and families break this cycle of misery, save lives and create a stronger, healthier state for all."

Our area will see $12 million of state funding. It will support 25 residential treatment bed and 150 opioid treatment program slots. It will also be used for a recovery community and outreach center, and an urgent access center.

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