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State adds investigators to combat heroin use
Albany, NY - New York State is nearly doubling the amount of investigators in the NYS Police narcotics unit.
It is part of a statewide initiative to combat the rise of heroin use.
One hundred experienced investigators will join the narcotics unit and work aggressively to stop heroin trafficking.
The initiative includes an awareness campaign on college and university campuses.
The state will also launch an unprecedented effort to make supplies of naloxone, a leading overdose antidote, available to first responder units in the state.
"New York State is taking a major step forward in the fight against heroin. By nearly doubling the State Police's drug enforcement units with the addition of more than 100 seasoned investigators we are going above and beyond to combat this deadly drug," Governor AndrewCuomo said.
Across the nation, heroin abuse has been increasing at dangerously high rates in recent years.
In 2013, there were 89,269 cases of heroin and prescription opiate treatment admissions in New York State alone, an increase from 63,793 in 2004