The spread of heroin and opioids are impacting far too many communities and will continue to destroy lives unless more aggressive actions are taken.
That’s why I’m working to enact a comprehensive plan to address the scourge of heroin and opioid addiction as part of my Blueprint for a Stronger New York.
My plan, which has been advanced as part of the Senate Majority’s new state budget proposal, would provide a record level of state funding to combat heroin and opioid abuse. It also includes far-reaching health and safety initiatives to reduce the harmful effects of drug abuse on everyone from infants to adults.
Our proposal would increase the state’s support for opioid use disorder-related services to a new record of $265 million - going beyond the 2018-19 Executive Budget proposal of $228 million.
In addition, our plan includes measures to:
· Reduce exposure to opioids for children and adults;
· Limit and provide alternatives to opioid use;
· Better define controlled substances to include deadly drugs like fentanyl;
· Screen expectant mothers to prevent and treat addiction in infants;
· Better ensure a successful recovery for those struggling with addiction; and
· Provide law enforcement with new tools to help get drugs and dealers off the streets.
For more information on our plan to combat heroin and opioid abuse, click here.
I will continue to keep you posted on my efforts to make addressing heroin and opioid abuse a priority during ongoing budget negotiations.