The $200 Million Promised by NY to Treat Opioid Crisis is Misleading

Although the governor of New York recently said that they will be funneling $200 million into fighting the state’s opioid crisis, that statement is far less impressive than it originally sounds. While the announcement makes it seem like NY would be putting an additional $200 million toward the opioid crisis, they’ll really just be moving the funds from other addiction programs to focus more on opiates. Though this might help people deal with opiates withdrawal symptoms, this move may end up having a particularly negative effect on those who’re addicted to other substances. What’s worst of all, as far as we’re concerned, is that it absolutely looks like Gov. Cuomo made the announcement to get points from his constituents, and it’ll likely work in his favor. 

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ALBANY – In April 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a ceremonial bill signing on Long Island proclaiming the state would now invest $200 million a year to fight the scourge of opioid addiction in New York.

There was just one missing point: The state was already spending that much money on the epidemic.

A review by the USA TODAY Network’s Albany Bureau found that despite New York’s insistence that it is adding significantly more money to fight the abuse of heroin and other dangerous drugs, the state has largely just shifted funds from other addiction programs to pay for it.

“There was no infusion of $200 million in new dollars,” said John Coppola, executive director of the Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Providers of New York State.

“Most of the dollars were already there, already being utilized by prevention and treatment programs, but now their emphasis shifted to address the opioid epidemic.” Click Here to Continue Reading

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