Gov. Cuomo signs legislation to combat drug use

Gov. Andrew Cuomo doubled down Wednesday on efforts to combat New York's heroin and opioid epidemic.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo doubled down Wednesday on efforts to combat New York's heroin and opioid epidemic. (4/19/17)

YONKERS - Gov. Andrew Cuomo doubled down Wednesday on efforts to combat New York's heroin and opioid epidemic.

With the stroke of a pen, $200 million has been earmarked for the battle, double the amount set aside last year.

"What will that $200 million do? It will provide 8,000 residential treatment beds, it will provide 45,000 outpatient beds, 27 million for state-operated facilities," Cuomo said.

The legislation also provides $6 million for Narcan kits and training for police who can bring users who overdose back from the brink.

"I believe that is the worst drug scourge this nation has ever faced," the governor said.

New York state Sen. Terrence Murphy, of Putnam County, could be seen next to Gov. Cuomo while he signed the legislation. Murphy has been fighting for more funding since taking office.

The governor believes the fact that lawmakers are working together to combat the epidemic could be the key to solving it.

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