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New York, shifting funds, not spending much more on opioid addiction

Jun 06, 2018 10:45 am
Joseph Spector reports in the Democrat and Chronicle that while Gov. Andrew Cuomo has crowed about the state spending $200 million a year to fight opioid addiction, New York has actually just been shifting money around. "There was no infusion of $200 million in new dollars," said John Coppola, executive director of the Alcoholism and 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." While the state claims its spending on heroin and opioid treatment has doubled since 2011, that is mostly because of redirected funding from other treatment programs. "The budget for the agency overseeing the programs grew just one percent between 2012 and 2018," the report says. Opioid deaths in New York jumped 135 percent from 2013 and 2016 with 3,800 opioid deaths in 2016. Read the full story in the Democrat and Chronicle.
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