Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation investing over $200 million to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic in New York.

The funding will be used to support prevention, treatment and recovery programs.

$145 million will go toward community-based providers, including residential treatment beds and opioid treatment programs

The legislation also provides $6 million for Naloxone kits and training.

The Mohawk Valley region will get $5 million in funding.

The total funding represents a increase of over 100 percent since 2011.

We have made significant progress in combatting the devastating heroin and opioid epidemic in New York, but this crisis continues to plague our communities and we must do everything in our power to combat each facet of this complex health emergency," Cuomo said.

"This comprehensive investment addresses each component of heroin and opioid addiction – prevention, treatment, and recovery – to help individuals and families break this cycle of misery, save lives and create a stronger, healthier state for all."


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