North Country to receive $7 million to help fight heroin and opioid epidemic
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 6:09 am

The North Country region is slated to receive $7 million out of $200 million in funding to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic in New York State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.

Cuomo today signed new legislation to supplement a 2016 plan following the recommendations of the Heroin and Opioid Task Force, to increase access to treatment, expand community prevention strategies, and limit the over-prescription of opioids in New York.

"We have made significant progress in combatting the devastating heroin and opioid epidemic in New York, but this crisis continues to plague our communities and we must do everything in our power to combat each facet of this complex health emergency," Cuomo said.

The funding supports opioid treatment slots, 24/7 urgent access centers, community coalitions, family support navigators, peer engagement programs, adolescent clubhouses and community and outreach centers, according to the governor’s announcement.