Lawmakers allocate money to expand opioid treatment in jails

Lawmakers allocate money to expand opioid treatment in jails

June 19, 2018 02:18 PM

ALBANY - After opioid treatment programs showed promise in the Schenectady and Albany County jails, Senate Republicans are highlighting plans to expand the program across the state.

The lawmakers have $3.75 million from this year's budget for additional jail-based services. 

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Senator Amedore joined Senator Fred Akshar, law enforcement and substance abuse advocates at the Capitol on Tuesday.

He said the jail-based substance abuse programs will now be in 16 more counties.

"Reducing recidivism rate is key, but putting someone back in a healthy environment and stability in their lives is success," explained Amedore.

He says that over half of the inmates in New York's jails have issues with drug abuse and addiction.


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