Last Tuesday, Gov. Cuomo announced that he has signed into law a package of bills intended to combat the state’s heroin and opioid crisis.
The new laws will limits opioid prescriptions to 7 days; mandate prescriber education on pain management; allow for immediate access to inpatient treatment; and permit greater access to drug treatment medications. In addition, the state will expand supports for people in recovery; provide 270 new treatment beds; and create 2,335 new substance abuse program slots.
Gov. Cuomo said:
“New York is leading the way forward in the fight against heroin and opioid addiction, and with this legislation, we are taking an affirmative stand for our families and communities who have suffered from this epidemic’s debilitating effects. I commend the Senate and the Assembly for their hard work and dedication to stopping this epidemic and creating a stronger and healthier New York.”