New laws in place after NY's heroin overdoses double in 4 years

Updated: 06/23/2014 10:51 PM
Created: 06/23/2014 11:56 AM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York State has a terrible problem with heroin and he says the state government will do everything to stop it.

He was at Binghamton University Monday morning to sign legislation aimed at combating the sharp rise in heroin and opioid use.

The legislature passed 11 heroin-related bills before the 2014 session ended on Friday.

The new measures include provisions requiring insurance companies to consistently cover treatment for addiction, funding for public awareness of drug use and funding for more New York State Troopers to investigate heroin trafficking.

New York's public health officials say deaths from heroin overdoses in New York more than doubled from 215 in 2008 to 478 in 2012.


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