Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders have reached an agreement on several bills aimed at fighting the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.

The package includes a bill sponsored by Senator James Seward to improve access to insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment services.

“Heroin addiction is a menace infiltrating all social, economic, and geographic sectors of our state and taking a deadly toll.  We now have a multi-prong strategy to combat this epidemic that includes education and prevention, treatment, and tougher law enforcement,” Seward aid.

Seward served on the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction which hosted 18 hearings across the state.