ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed a task force aimed at ending what he called a crisis of heroin and opioid addiction continuing to plague families and communities in New York.
The group is chaired by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, commissioner of the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.
The other 21 members include representatives of health care, drug treatment, advocacy, law enforcement and education.
They’re expected to hold public listening sessions and develop a statewide coordinated plan.
State efforts so far include expanding insurance coverage for treatment and a law requiring drug prescribers to consult a state database to check patient prescription histories. Officials credit that for a 90 percent decrease in “doctor shoppers” seeking multiple opioid prescriptions.
The task force was announced Tuesday.