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Heroin Legislation Expected to Pass State Legislature

ALBANY, N.Y. (WETM-18) – New York State is working on adding more tools to reverse a heroin epidemic.
ALBANY, N.Y. (WETM-18) – New York State is working on adding more tools to reverse a heroin epidemic.

Albany lawmakers passed eight new measures to stop the heroin epidemic in the state, including better treatment options from insurance companies. The bill, co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara from Big Flats, is scheduled to be approved by the Assembly Thursday night or Friday.

The measures have been agreed to by Governor Andrew Cuomo and will be signed into law.

Senator O’Mara did criticize the measures for not including tougher penalties for heroin dealers. In a statement Thursday, O’Mara said, “We should be throwing the book at heroin traffickers or dealers whose actions result in a death. These heroin pushers are destroying lives. The Assembly leadership is wrong to ignore tougher laws that can help deter heroin-related tragedies and at least deliver an appropriate dose of justice for victims.”
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