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Senate budget to include $167 million for opioid treatment, prevention

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UNDATED - The 2016-17 Senate Republican majority budget will include $167 million for opioid prevention, treatment, recovery, education and legislation to prevent the abuse of opioid prescription drugs.

Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan and the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Co-Chairs Senator Robert Ortt (R, North Tonawanda), Senator George Amedore (R-C-I, Rotterdam) and Senator Terrence Murphy (R-C-I, Yorktown) made the announcement Saturday.

"The heroin epidemic is sweeping across our state at an alarming rate without discrimination of its victims," said Senator Ortt. "This budget proposal represents our conference's firm commitment to addressing and ultimately eradicating the epidemic in New York State."

Senator Amedore added, "The proposals included in the Senate's budget reflect feedback the Task Force has received at several forums held throughout the state, and will provide much-needed resources as we continue our efforts to address this deadly epidemic."

$10 million of the funding will go towards transitional housing for people in recovery. 25 percent of this will be for people ages 15-24.

$3.85 million will be for 11 additional Recovery Community Centers and $200,000 will go towards family support navigator training.

"No amount is too small when it comes to saving lives," stated Senator Murphy.

The legislation that is included ensures that FDA-approved abuse-deterrent drugs are dispensed when they are prescribed and not substituted for an opioid prescription drug that lacks abuse-deterrent technology.

With this bill, insurance plans will cover abuse-deterrent opioid prescription drugs at the same level as non-abuse deterrent opioid prescription drugs.

Between 2010 and 2014, deaths from heroin overdoses raised 175 percent.

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