Submitted by ub on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 15:01

NY Governor Cuomo today signed into law a series of bills to help address the growing heroin and opioid epidemic, as well as prescription drug abuse, in New York State.

Included in the legislation:

New programs and insurance reforms to improve treatment options for individuals suffering from heroin and opioid addiction;

Measures to strengthen penalties and put in place additional tools for law enforcement to crack down on the distribution of illegal drugs;

Provisions to ensure the proper and safe use of naloxone; and

Support for enhanced public awareness campaigns to prevent drug abuse.

Governor Cuomo signs law to combat heroin epidemic: