Attorney general giving Capital Region up to $32M to fight opioid crisis | WNYT.com

Attorney general giving Capital Region up to $32M to fight opioid crisis

Subrina Dhammi
Updated: October 06, 2021 01:13 PM
Created: October 05, 2021 07:10 PM

ALBANY - New York State Attorney General Letitia James made a stop at Albany Medical Center on Tuesday as part of her HealNY tour.

Her office is giving out $1.5 billion across the state to combat the opioid crisis.

The money comes from lawsuits the attorney general's office filed to hold the distributors and manufacturers of opioids accountable.

"This is a public health crisis, my friends, and that's how we are treating this," said James. "Of course, to all those who have lost their loved ones, there is no dollar amount that can ever, ever bring back their loved ones, but if we can do anything collectively together, regardless of your political affiliation or where you stand right now, we are united in preventing this from happening further."

Every county in the state will get money to support treatment, prevention and recovery programs.

DIGITAL EXTRA: Full NewsChannel 13 interview with Letitia James

Here's a breakdown for the entire Capital Region, from the Attorney General's Office:

Capital Region Total: $17,812,303.23 – $32,524,114.04*

Albany County: $3,237,298.22 – $5,725,907.53**

Columbia County: $552,101.82 – $964,528.42

Greene County: $666,825.42 – $1,164,951.91

Rensselaer County: $1,068,187.17 – $1,866,135.66

Saratoga County: $1,411,643.69 – $2,466,158.27

Schenectady County: $1,023,351.66 – $1,787,807.49

Warren County: $514,587.63 – $898,990.69

Washington County: $403,409.72 – $704,761.55

After James' press conference, NewsChannel 13's Subrina Dhammi got an exclusive interview with the attorney general to discuss more about how this money will help fight the opioid crisis, and when counties can expect to see it. She also asked James about whether she plans to run for governor in 2022. Hear her answer and more by watching the video.


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