New York and New Jersey Governors Launch Efforts to Combat Addiction

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a series of aggressive new actions to combat the fentanyl crisis in communities across New York State.

In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie Allocated $200 million to fight opioid crisis in the state

Governor Cuomo will advance legislation to add 11 fentanyl analogs to the state controlled substances schedule, giving law enforcement the ability to go after the dealers who manufacture and sell.

To further protect New Yorkers, the Governor is also directing the New York State Department of Financial Services to take immediate action to advise insurers against placing arbitrary limits on the number of naloxone doses covered by an insurance plan. As fentanyl can be up to 50 times more powerful than heroin and it can take multiple doses of naloxone to reverse a fentanyl overdose, this new measure will ensure access to adequate doses of overdose reversal medication and save lives.

In New York State, overdose deaths involving opioids increased nearly 35 percent between 2015 and 2016. However, fentanyl-related deaths increased at a much higher rate—nearly 160 percent statewide.

Fentanyl-related deaths in New York City increased by more than 310 percent, while fentanyl-related deaths in counties outside of New York City increased by more than 110 percent.

Governor Chris Christie noted that funding will go to effective programs already in place as well as new ones. That includes recovery coaches who help those mending from an overdose, as well as requiring medical schools in the state to establish a curriculum on opioid addiction.

The Republican governor said the initiatives will put more emphasis on making sure care is geared toward sustained sobriety. That will be done by standardizing data collection and building seamless channels for holistic care for addicts through incentive-based programs that reward providers who focus on the long-term.

Proposed spending in the new initiatives includes establishing an incentive-based treatment program for people without insurance or on Medicaid, providing housing and support for adults with substance abuse issues and programs supporting opioid-addicted mothers, their babies and broader families.

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