Legislators Plan to Crack Down on Spread of Heroin

New York State Legislators have proposed new bills introducing stricter penalties against heroin dealers, funding for the new overdose antidote, and insurance coverage for treatment programs. According to the state Health Department deaths from heroin have increased from 215 in 2008 to 478 in 2012 and in 2014 alone there have been six deaths in Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester Counties. Officials have stated that heroin is becoming cheaper, purer, and stronger than when it first became popular in the 80’s, and it is easily available to almost everybody, especially younger people, for about $7 to $10. The average age of users has dropped from 42 to 22 in past years. Treatment centers and detox programs are seeking more insurance coverage for users to receive help. Legislators will continue discussions of the proposed bills today and more details will be released, but the hope is to stop the spread heroin from New York City to the rest of the state.

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