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Cuomo signs anti-heroin bills into law

Rochester Business Journal
June 24, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to help combat the increasing trend of heroin and opioid use in New York at an event Tuesday.

The legislation includes new programs and insurance reforms to improve addiction treatment. It aims to strengthen penalties against illicit drug distributors, support public awareness campaigns and provide provisions to ensure the proper and safe use of the overdose antidote naloxone.

Additional legislation includes protections for individuals who administer naloxone, and allows health care professionals and pharmacists to prescribe the antidote.

“Heroin use is reaching dangerous levels in communities across our state and nation, and New York will not stand by as more lives are claimed by this deadly epidemic,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The number of heroin and opioid treatment admissions in Monroe County increased 64 percent between 2004 and 2013, state officials said. New York has seen treatment admissions increase from 64,000 to 89,000 between 2004 and 2013.

The legislation, which was signed at an event Tuesday at the SUNY College at Brockport Rochester Educational Opportunity Center downtown, expands on initiatives put in place earlier this month. It was officially signed into law Monday at SUNY Binghamton.

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