“Opioids and the over-prescription of opioids have caused an epidemic in this state and in this nation that has cost us many, many lives. We’ve changed the prescription policies… We made it easier for the insurance companies to pay for treatment…but still we have more to do. We have a six-point plan to combat drug use”
New Plan Builds on Momentum of 2016 Legislation and Recommendations of Governor's Heroin and Opioid Task Force
Proposes New Approaches to Combat Each Facet of the Epidemic and Amplifies Impact of Existing Programs
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proposed a bold, multi-faceted proposal to combat every angle of the heroin and opioid crisis in New York State. The Governor's proposal builds on the success of the legislative package he signed in June to increase access to treatment, expand community prevention strategies and limit the over-prescription of opioids in New York. The proposals aim to eliminate insurance barriers and further expand access to effective treatment, curb overprescribing, and get fentanyl and other synthetic opioids off the streets.
VIDEO of Governor Cuomo proposing his six-point plan to combat the heroin and opioid crisis at his Long Island State of the State address is available on YouTube here and in high quality TV (h264 format) here.
The six-point plan is outlined below. More information is available here.
- Eliminate prior authorization requirements to make substance use disorder treatment available to all
- Add fentanyl analogs to the New York controlled substances schedule to subject emerging synthetic drugs to criminal drug penalties
- Increase access to life-saving buprenorphine treatment by recruiting health care providers to become prescribers.
- Establish 24/7 crisis treatment centers to ensure access to critical support services
- Require emergency department prescribers to consult the Prescription Monitoring Program registry to combat “doctor shopping"
- Create New York's first recovery high schools to help young people in recovery finish school
A transcript of the Governor outlining this plan in his Long Island State of the State address is available below:
“One more priority for Long Island and that is combatting addiction. We have a terrible heroin epidemic on Long Island that we have had for years that we have been battling. But opioids and the over-prescription of opioids has caused an epidemic in this state and in this nation that has cost us many, many lives. We’ve changed the prescription policies, mandatory prescriber education. We made it easier for the insurance companies to pay for treatment, we have had too many people die waiting for treatment, frankly. We have over 200 slots for substance abuse but still we have more to do.
There is now a new drug, fentanyl, which is wreaking havoc on communities. Emergency rooms are seeing an explosion, more than 150 percent increase in the last five years. Suffolk has it even worse than Nassau County. We have a six-point plan to combat drug use.
First, eliminate the prior authorization requirements to make substance use disorder available to all. Add fentanyl to the logs of the controlled substances so when they come up with a substitute that is almost like fentanyl, it’s covered by the laws. Increase the access to life-saving BPH treatment by recruiting healthcare providers to become prescribers and administrators. 24-7 crisis centers and require emergency department prescribers to consult the prescription monitoring program to combat doctor shopping, where a person goes from doctor to doctor and gets numerous prescriptions. We’ll create New York’s first recovery high-schools to help young people in recovery to actually finish schools and not compound the problem.”