Last Tuesday, Gov. Cuomo announced the launch of a task force to combat the heroin and prescription opioid crisis in New York State.  The group “will build on the state’s previous efforts and use their expertise and experience to develop a comprehensive action plan to combat the state’s opioid epidemic.” The task force will hold public listening sessions across New York to inform their recommendations.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“Opioid addiction is a national epidemic that continues to plague families in communities across New York – and the state has been taking aggressive action to tackle this crisis head on. The Heroin Task Force will take these efforts to the next level with a comprehensive action plan developed by a diverse coalition of experts. We will use the task force’s recommendations to implement smart solutions that will protect public health, enhance safety in communities statewide and save the lives of vulnerable New Yorkers.”

More information on the state’s efforts to address opioid is available at http://combatheroin.ny.gov/.