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Local organization aims to get addicts help

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- The recent death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is putting things into perspective for one New York State organization.

Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose on Sunday in his New York City apartment. On Tuesday, Friends of Recovery New York, a coalition dedicated to supporting recovering addicts, spoke out about addiction.

The group said its mission is to let legislators in Albany know how important it is to support people trying to recover from addiction.

The organization said recovering addicts are running into problem, like Health Insurance companies denying coverage for addiction treatment. Now they're pushing lawmakers to change that -- especially with a growing epidemic of heroin addicts in the state.

"I'm a parent of an addict. He's currently in recovery and I think it's very important we make sure that there is access for to treatment when they are easy to get it," said is Julianne Malin of Schenectady.

Malin said she's run into many challenges when her son was trying to seek help.

"I just basically had to mortgage my home so he could get into treatment. But I have friends now that are in the health insurance nightmare," she said.

She added that it's that much more challenging for an addict to stay clean. She said something needs to be done as there is a growing epidemic in our state with drug addiction- especially heroin.

This will be the organization's fifth year raising awareness about long-term recovery and the challenges that come with it. Friends of Recovery NY hope this is the step in the right direction and hope it opens the eyes of lawmakers.

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