Last Friday, Gov. Cuomo’s Heroin and Opioids Task Force issued its final report, which includes 25 recommendations to address the abuse of illicit and prescription drugs.

The Task Force’s key recommendations include: mandating prescriber education on pain management and addiction; reducing the number of days for first-time opioid prescriptions for acute pain from 30 to seven; requiring consumer education regarding prescription opioids; increasing public outreach and awareness; eliminating prior authorization for needed inpatient treatments and medications to treat addiction; expanding access to overdose-reversal medication; increasing treatment beds and opioid treatment program slots; expanding access to spaces and supports for individuals in recovery; and updating the controlled substances schedule.

Addressing the state’s heroin and opioid crisis is seen as one of the top priorities for the Governor and lawmakers to reach agreement on before the 2016 session ends this week.