ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The United States Department of Labor has awarded New York $1.8 million in funding for employment and training services to combat the opioid crisis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fatal overdoses have tripled in New York in the last decade.

The funding is going to the New York State Department of Labor to support job creation and workforce training services. The award will serve communities where widespread opioid use, addiction and overdose have had significant social and economic impacts.

Counties to receive funding include:

  • Clinton
  • Columbia
  • Duchess
  • Essex
  • Franklin
  • Greene
  • Hamilton
  • Herkimer
  • Madison
  • Monroe
  • Nassau
  • Oneida
  • Ontario
  • Onondaga
  • Orange
  • Putnam
  • Seneca
  • Suffolk
  • Sullivan
  • Wayne
  • Westchester
  • Yates

This award is the third and final allocation of a $5.6 million National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant initially awarded in January 2019. State officials estimate the award will help create jobs and provide workforce training for about 700 people.

In 2021, the CDC found that fatal overdoses claimed more than 2,857 lives in New York, with 2,420 attributed to opioids. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency.