New York State Senate advances heroin, opioid bills

The New York State Senate has advanced a series of bills targeting substance misuse while also seeking to protect communities from opioid addiction.

The Senate Majority also released a report generated by the Joint Senate Task Force on Opioids, Addiction & Overdose Prevention. The Task Force was charged with holding hearings, visiting treatment sites, and speaking with experts and families impacted by opioid misuse, and using those experiences to guide lawmakers on how to best address this crisis.

“The opioid crisis has destroyed lives and devastated communities throughout our state,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “The Joint Senate Task Force on Opioids, Addiction & Overdose Prevention has worked tirelessly holding hearings, coordinating with experts, and helping develop legislation to address this crisis. I commend all of the task force members and bill sponsors for their hard work generating this report and advancing this legislation. The Senate Majority will continue our fight to protect New York communities and New Yorkers’ health.”

The 12-member Task Force conducted hearings, roundtable discussions, and site visits throughout the state, using the experiences to generate a report and offer guidance for bills advanced by the Senate Majority.

Task Force personnel also helped identify methods state government would be better able to combat the opioid crisis and help those suffering from substance misuse and addiction.