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"ALBANY — State Sen. James Seward on Tuesday announced the release of a special report from the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The report included 48 legislative and budgetary recommendations to help fight the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic. A bill sponsored by Seward that would offer an incentive to employers who hire recovering addicts was part of the package. 'Heroin addiction devastates lives, families and communities and it is vital that we continue to", www.timestelegram.com
"Press release The New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction identified a four-pronged approach that would stem the growth of the heroin and opioid crisis. In its recently released report, the findings not only included the new approach, but also comprehensive legislative recommendations to address short comings in the state’s existing prevention and treatment-delivery strategies. “We have all heard of the devastating impact that heroin and opioid abuse is having in our communities,” said Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma). “Based on what we heard from parents, health experts, law enforcement representatives and others across the state, it is clear that it will take a unified effort to overcome this public health crisis. These recommendations help ensure that services and resources are in place to increase public awareness, to help those struggling with addiction and to provide law enforcement with the tools to combat this", www.wyomingcountyfreepress.com
"Following a rise in heroin and opioid-related deaths and a growing national spotlight on the issue, New York's Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction released a report Tuesday with recommendations for combating the epidemic statewide.", www.steubencourier.com
"Easier access to medications used to wean addicts off heroin and other opioids topped the list of needs three Capital Region treatment providers shared with a new state task force formed to combat the drug epidemic. The area experts offered their suggestions to Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and the heads of several state agencies for improving the state's ability to deal with the heroin and prescription narcotic epidemic as the Governor's Heroin Task Force started a statewide listening tour at Proctors in Schenectady after being created last week. Hartigan asked state officials to help providers remove the stigma associated with clinics that provide methadone to people with the most severe addictions. Specific suggestions of the Senate report address the need to provide more treatment options and make them more accessible, increase wraparound services to help people stay in recovery, and provide resources for law enforcement, especially to aid in the ability to get high-level", www.timesunion.com
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