Cuomo Launches Heroin Task Force Statewide

“Opioid addiction is a national epidemic that continues to plague families in communities across New York and the state has been taking aggressive action to tackle this crisis head on,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo as he announced the launch of a statewide heroin task force charged with ending the heroin and opioid crisis in New York. The group, comprised of a broad coalition of experts in healthcare, drug policy, advocacy, education, and parents and New Yorkers in recovery will build on the state’s previous efforts to develop an action plan combating the state’s opioid epidemic. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair of the Heroin Task Force stated, “Heroin and opioid deaths in New York State have reached unconscionable levels.” Since 2014 the state has implemented aggressive reforms including Combat Heroin expanding insurance coverage for substance use disorder treatment; increasing access to opioid treatment services across the state, launching public awareness and prevention campaigns; installing new regulations requiring all prescriptions be electronically transmitted from the prescriber to the pharmacy, that alone has led to a 90 percent decrease in the number of “doctor shoppers” or patients who visit multiple prescribers to obtain controlled substances, and finally making naloxone, the overdose reversal drug, available without a prescription, saving 1,500 lives in 2015 alone. NYS Office of Addiction and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez stated, “New Yorkers battling addiction need to know we are here with open arms to help them – to access treatment and support their recovery.” For more information visit:

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