Governor Cuomo announced a series of new actions to combat the fentanyl crisis on September 28, 2017 in Farmingdale, NY. The Governor is advancing legislation to add 11 fentanyl types to the state controlled substance list, allowing law enforcement to go after those who manufacture and sell these drugs. The Governor also wants to stop insurers from placing arbitrary limits on the number of naloxone doses covered by insurance. Naloxone is used to reverse the effects of overdoses, and as Fentanyl is 50 times as powerful as heroin, more doses are required.
LINCS was invited to attend the announcement and sent Loida Santos, Director of Agency Programs, to represent the agency. Managing Director, Gail Barouh said, “I felt it was very important for our agency to show our support for this announcement, the deaths from overdoses in Suffolk County have reached epidemic levels.”