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Bills Aimed At Combating Heroin Epidemic To Be Unveiled By State Senate

Six bills will be proposed by New York state senators, co-sponsored by Westchester's Andrea Stewart-Cousins, to combat the recent spike in heroin use in the state.
Six bills will be proposed by New York state senators, co-sponsored by Westchester's Andrea Stewart-Cousins, to combat the recent spike in heroin use in the state. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Senate Democratic Conference will announce the introduction of six bills to combat the growing heroin epidemic impacting communities throughout New York State at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, according to a release.

State Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Greenburgh, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Tarrytown, Yonkers, White Plains, New Rochelle) is one of the co-sponsors on these bills.

These six proposed pieces of legislation will  increase penalties for selling opioids that result in death, equip first responders with overdose-stopping drugs, require health insurance providers to cover rehabilitation and anti-addiction medications, create a teen heroin abuse PSA campaign and provide opioid rehabilitation services in communities.

Check back with Daily Voice as more information about the legislation becomes available.