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

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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.

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The Daily Voice publishing trifecta.
First story we'll tell you what we're going to tell you.
Next story we'll tell you.
Finally we'll tell you what we told you.
And as a bonus, we'll repeat it as the story of the week.

And when this bill comes to the floor, the Voice will have another turn at bat.

Considering that there was nothing implicitly urgent about this "news", one wonders why the Voice couldn't wait until "more information becomes available". What this translates as is: we're not going to ask, we'll wait until they send us a press release.

And, for a presumed "community" centered publication, when is the Voice going to learn that the six villages are part of the Town of Greenburgh. Residents living in Ardsley, Tarrytown, Hastings, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry and "Elmsford" do not get two votes: one for the village or section of their abode and a second for living in Greenburgh. One hoped that by now the Voice or Ms. Cousins would be diligent enough to add "unincorporated" next to Greenburgh when listing the villages separately.

The problem is not just heroin. It is ADDICTION. Addiction is a disease that needs to be recognized by healthcare providers and insurance companies for treatment. Addiction comes in many forms, alcohol, painkillers, cocaine etc. It is not just heroin users that need help. Watch THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE and educate yourself.

People who use heroin do it on their own choice. Nobody is making them stick a needle in their arm.

Increase penalties? Sounds like those useless Rockefeller laws that were repealed.

The Enforcement will still be up to the Feds and the Local Police.

It's a start no doubt, but boilermaker is right , enforcement will be up to the police..... So the politicians should add grant funding to the bill for financially strapped law enforcement agencies.

Until doctors make intelligent and effective use of non addictive treatments for pain the problem of poor pain care and addiction will likely not get much better. Lawmakers are being dishonest in failing to admit they dont want to require doctors to have aeducation in pain care and use nonaddictive treatments. Legislators receive lots of money from medical organization in NYS who dont want their members to have education in pain care. Let Stewart Cousins debate me openly in public- and she can bring her friends from the MSSNY, HANYS and GNYHA- ill defeat them in a debate on pain care as well.