NYS investing $200M to fight opioid, heroin epidemic

Written By: Karyn Anselmo
NYS investing $200M to fight opioid, heroin epidemic

NEW YORK (WENY) - New York state will be investing more than $200 million to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic in the empire state.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill Wednesday as part of next year's budget. The FY 2018 Budget is investing $213 million to support prevention, treatment and recovery programs targeted toward chemical dependency, residential service opportunities, and public awareness and education activities. This includes nearly $150 million for community based provides, $6 million for naloxone kits and training, $25 million for expanded programs, and $27 million for state-operated addiction treatment centers.

The Southern Tier will see about $3 million in funding during the next fiscal year, specifically for fighting the opioid and heroin epidemic.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said, "There is more to do, and this is a matter of life and death. And you do have parents who are struggling and your providers who are struggling and what we did in this budget is we basically doubled the state's commitment in terms of resources. And that's what the $200 million is, represents. It's doubling the funding from last year."

The funding supports opioid treatment slots, 24/7 urgent access centers, community coalitions, family support navigators, peer engagement programs, adolescent clubhouses and community and outreach centers.