Cuomo Doubles Budget To Fight Opioid Crisis

Apr 20, 2017
Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke at a Long Island Addiction Recovery Center this week about his efforts to fight the opioid epidemic in the state. Cuomo’s recent budget allocates nearly $200 million to combat the crisis, double previous funding.

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Naloxone is a lifesaving drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Efforts have been made in the current opioid epidemic to make it more widely available, but the medication's rising price is complicating that.

Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office

Connecticut’s Chief Medical Examiner says he expects nearly 900 people will die of a drug overdose this year. The number of deaths has been increasing every year since 2012 – in fact, it’s more than doubled since then. The biggest factor in the increase comes from the painkiller fentanyl.

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A new state-commissioned report released today by a team of Yale public health experts says Connecticut needs to expand its treatment options to fight its opioid epidemic. Last year more than 700 people died from overdoses in the state.

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Wednesday was International Overdose Awareness Day, and Wednesday evening several vigils were held around Connecticut for drug overdose victims. More than 700 people in Connecticut died of drug overdoses in 2015, most from opioids like heroin or painkillers.