Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Combat the Heroin and Opioid Crisis

June 22, 2016- Buffalo, NY- Governor Andrew Cuomo signs legislation to combat heroin and opioid addiction.
June 22, 2016- Buffalo, NY- Governor Andrew Cuomo signs legislation to combat heroin and opioid addiction.

Comprehensive Legislative Package Limits Opioid Prescriptions from 30 to 7 Days, Requires Mandatory Prescriber Education on Pain Management to Stem the Tide of Addiction, Eliminates Burdensome Insurance Barriers to Treatment

Expands Supports for New Yorkers in Recovery, Increases Treatment Beds by 270 and Adds 2,335 Program Slots for Substance Use Disorder in New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation to combat the heroin and opioid crisis in New York State. The comprehensive package of bills was passed as part of the 2016 Legislative Session and marks a major step forward in the fight to increase access to treatment, expand community prevention strategies, and limit the over-prescription of opioids in New York. The legislation includes several best practices and recommendations identified by the Governor’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force, and builds on the state’s aggressive efforts to break the cycle of heroin and opioid addiction and protect public health and safety.

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