ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Governor Andrew Cuomo released the final report from his Heroin and Opioids Task Force Thursday, along with 25 recommendations to help fight the state’s drug epidemic.
The Governor’s office describes the task force as a diverse group of experts in healthcare, advocacy, education, law enforcement officials, parents, and recovering addicts.
The task force was co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner González-Sánchez
The goal of the task force was to find strategies to address the root causes of the epidemic, improve access to life-saving treatment, and expand support to those in recovery.
“After listening to community leaders and experts, the Task Force has put forward important, sensible recommendations that include increasing outreach and awareness, mandating prescriber education requirements and expanding access to treatment programs,” said Governor Cuomo.
The task force released its final report after holding two executive meetings and eight “listening sessions” across New York State. The task force also received hundreds of comments through www.ny.gov/herointaskforce.
The list of 25 recommendations includes removing medical insurance barriers, providing prescribers with more education, and increasing the number of beds available in treatment programs.
For the full list of recommendations visit: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/HeroinTaskForce_Report_6.9.16.pdf
New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the State’s HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369).