SENATOR BONACIC SPEAKS ON THE PASSAGE OF BILLS RECOMMENDED BY HEROIN TASK FORCE

 
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“Holistic and aggressive approach.”  -- Senator Bonacic speaks on the bills passed on June 9th in the New York State Senate to battle against the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic.  The wider distribution of Narcan; crackdown on providers who overprescribe pain killers; expanded insurance coverage for treatment services, and severe penalties for heroin sellers, are among the highlights. 

Over the past few weeks, Senate Task Force members listened to 53 hours of testimony and spoke with more than 2,000 residents about the tragedy of the state’s heroin and opioid epidemic.  The Senate’s bipartisan Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction then issued a special report, entitled: Solutions to New York's Heroin Epidemic which made  legislative recommendations to help address the drug abuse, addiction and drug related crimes in New York that have been claiming lives and destroying families in communities throughout the state.