ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- Death certificates in cases of opioid overdose in New York must now specify which opioid was involved in the death.

Governor Cuomo signed the legislation yesterday, requiring that information be recorded so more statistics will be available to better address the opioid crisis.

"Currently there is no requirement that the death certificate include the specific opioid involved," Senator John Brooks said. "This has led to a lack of information about which types of opioids are the most deadly. By recording this information, more data will be available to better track which opioids are causing the most deaths and more communities in need will be better equipped to combat this crisis."

The measure takes effect immediately.