The New York State Senate has passed 23 bills to address issues surrounding the the increase in heroin and opioid abuse in New York State.

The bills are part of a package proposed by the State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid addiction.

The bill package will work to prevent drug abuse and overdoses, increase the availability of addiction treatment, and enhance the tools that law enforcement has to keep heroin off the streets.

One of the bills introduced will allow schools to possess and administer the naloxone to treat opioid overdoses and will be protected by Good Samaritan laws.