The New York State Senate passed legislation to expand access to life-saving medication and improve treatment programs to support the recovery of New Yorkers struggling with substance use disorder. The legislation “expands access to buprenorphine treatment and ensures abuse-deterrent medication is accessible; requires practitioners to take into consideration non-opioid treatment alternatives when treating neuromusculoskeletal conditions, prohibits insurance companies from imposing co-payments for treatment, provides due process protections to drug treatment providers from audits by the Medicaid Inspector General and establishes an addiction and mental health integrated services pilot program. The legislation increases the availability of naloxone opioid antagonists like NARCANⓇ in public facilities and nightlife establishments.” Read the Senate Majority Press Release.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “The opioid crisis continues to ravage communities as we have seen an alarming increase in overdose deaths across the state during the pandemic. Today’s legislation helps support treatment programs to ensure we provide the best possible care and ensure that life-saving treatments are more readily available to New Yorkers struggling with addiction. I thank the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Senator Pete Harckham, for his leadership and tireless work and the bill sponsors for their efforts in advancing legislation that will help save lives.”
Chair of the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Senator Pete Harckham, said, “Decisive progress in turning back the opioid crisis, reducing overdoses and saving lives from substance use disorder can only be gained with an all-out effort to reduce barriers and increase access to treatment and recovery programs. The comprehensive package of legislation passed today in the Senate means to advance these critical goals, and I am grateful to Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins for her staunch support of these necessary initiatives to safeguard our residents.”