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State senate passes bills recommended by heroin task force

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ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York State Senate passed 23 bills Monday to address the issues surrounding increased heroin and opioid abuse, addition and related crimes in New York.

The bills are part of a comprehensive legislative package proposed by the New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in a report released in May.

The bill package passed Monday will begin the legislative response laid out in the report to prevent drug abuse and overdoses, increase the availability and efficacy of addiction treatment, and enhance the tools provided to law enforcement to keep heroin off the streets.

The task force report proposed a package of bills to target the prevention, treatment and enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony by dozens of experts, parents and concerned New Yorkers during 18 forums held throughout the state.

The task force bills passed Monday include:

· Preventing opioid abuse and overdoses

· Increasing the availability and efficacy of addiction treatment

· Providing additional resources to law enforcement

The bills have been sent to the Assembly.

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