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NY lawmakers unveil 25 bills to curb heroin use

Albany, N.Y. (AP) -- State lawmakers have introduced legislation to curb the rise of heroin in New York and bolster treatment of addicts.

The Senate's Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction released 25 bills Wednesday they hope will address the heroin scourge in the state.

The bills would to equip schools with naloxone -- an effective antidote for opioid overdose -- limit the number of schedule II and III controlled substance prescribed for acute pain to a 10-day supply, establish programs to help addicts seeking treatment and make the illegal sale of an opioid that results in death an A1 felony.

Members of the Republican conference and the Independent Democratic Conference, a faction of five Democrats who control the Senate with the Republicans, introduced the measures after conducting 18 forums statewide.

 
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