New York will invest more than $200 million to fight opioid and heroin abuse in the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. The announcement adds more fuel to efforts the governor made last year to quell the growing opioid epidemic, including launching the Heroin and Opioid Task Force, increasing access to treatment, expanding community prevention strategies, and limiting overprescribing of opioids in the state.
While “significant progress” has been made to curb the abuse and misuse of the powerful painkillers in New York, Cuomo said the comprehensive investment will address each component of heroin and opioid addiction, including prevention, treatment and recovery, with a goal of helping people and families “break this cycle of misery, save lives and create a stronger, healthier state for all.”
The $213 million investment represents a more than 100 percent increase from 2011. The funding includes $145 million for community-based recovery and rehabilitation providers, $65 million for 8,000 residential treatment beds, $9 million for housing units, $41 million for opioid treatment programs, $21 million for outpatient services, $9 million for crisis/detox programs, $27 million for state-operated addiction treatment centers, $6 million for Naloxone kits and training, and $25 million for expanded programs such as 24-hour urgent access centers and family support navigators.
Drug overdose deaths in New York, as in the rest of the country, continue to rise. The incidence across the state of New York doubled from 2010 to 2015. Nassau experienced a 15-20-time increase in deaths during that time frame.