Responding to the state’s heroin and opioid abuse crisis, on Tuesday the Senate approved a package of bills that arose out of its Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse.  The bills, which arose out of 19 forums that the Senate Task Force held throughout the state, address prevention, treatment and law enforcement-related issues.

It is not clear whether the Assembly plans to act on any of the Senate bills.

On Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo announced a statewide initiative to address heroin use.  He said that the State Police will nearly double the size of its Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) by adding 100 new investigators to address heroin trafficking.  The State will make naloxone, an overdose antidote, available to all first responder units throughout the State. The Governor also announced a targeted awareness campaign that will take place on all public college and university campuses.