ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State lawmakers announced Tuesday, a final agreement on new legislation to combat heroin and prescription opioid abuse in New York State.
The agreement follows the recent release of the Governor’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force’s final report and recommendations.
Among other changes, the new legislation limits opioid prescriptions from 30 to seven days, and requires ongoing addiction and pain management education for all physicians and prescribers.
The legislation also eliminates burdensome insurance barriers which currently keep people suffering from addiction from getting the immediate help they need, expands supports for New Yorkers in recovery, increases treatment beds by 270, and expands program slots for substance use disorder by 2,335 in New York.
Governor Cuomo says this legislation is part of his administration’s efforts to end an epidemic he says affects not only families and communities in New York, but the nation as a whole.
“This multi-faceted legislative package will increase access to treatment, expand prevention strategies, and save lives,” said Governor Cuomo, “By helping ensure New Yorkers struggling with addiction have access to the services and resources they need to get well.
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein were also a part of Tuesday’s announcement.
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).