This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York launched a public awareness and education campaign about the rising rates of addiction and overdose deaths attributed to opioids (a class of drug that includes heroin and prescription painkillers). The campaign was one part of a package of bills aimed at reducing opioid addiction in the state signed by the Governor in June.
The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, the New York State Department of Health, and the Office of General Services created a new website, www.combatheroin.ny.gov, to provide easily-accessible information about addiction prevention, resources, and treatment. Additionally, visitors are encouraged to call a 24/7 HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY to speak with a clinician about alcohol and drug abuse and treatment options.
This effort is a necessary step toward improving access to treatment and preventing future cases of addiction through education. For more information, read the Governor’s press release about the campaign and search the hashtag #combatheroin on social media channels.
Source: Governor’s Press Office –