SENATE PASSES HANNON LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS HEROIN ADDICTION
“Heroin and opioid use in New York has reached epidemic levels, and I’m pleased to announce the Senate has passed several of my bills designed to combat this scourge to our communities,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “There were 89,269 heroin and prescription opioid treatment admissions in New York State in 2013, an increase from 63,739 in 2004. During that same time period Nassau County admissions alone went from 2,120 to 4,222. We need to curtail the alarming rise in the use of heroin and other opioids, increase the availability of treatment, and save lives by focusing on recovery and prevention. This package of bills helps us accomplish those goals.”
The Senate has passed a package of bills to address the increase in heroin and opioid abuse, addiction and related crimes in New York, several of which are sponsored by Hannon. Those bills stem from a comprehensive legislative package proposed by the bipartisan Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in a report released last month and available here.
“As a member of the Heroin Task Force, which hosted 18 forums across the State, we heard from hundreds of panelists and hours of testimony,” said Hannon. “Those forums, attended by more than 2,000 folks, helped us to craft these important bills.”
Hannon sponsored bills are:
· S.7904: establishes a new model of detoxification and transitional services for individuals seeking to recover from opioid addition that reduces reliance on emergency room services;
· S.7902: amends the Penal Law to designate criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance or a controlled substance by a practitioner or pharmacist a Class C felony;
· S.7908: would give law enforcement and prosecutors the ability to utilize eavesdropping warrants to further fully investigate crimes involving the distribution of controlled substances;
· S.7912: requires insurers to comply with federal substance abuse parity laws, strengthens and standardizes the utilization review process for determining insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment disorders, and requires insurers to continue to provide and reimburse for treatment throughout the appeals process;
· S.6477: would increase access to the opioid overdose antidote naloxone by allowing prescribers to issue non-patient specific prescriptions to community based organizations and pharmacies.