Hearings On Heroin Abuse

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) — A legislative task force in New York is taking a look at ways to address the rise in heroin and opioid abuse.

Beginning Tuesday, the Senate task force is holding 12 forums around the state to gather information about the increase in opiate use.

The bipartisan task force was created to recommend better treatment and prevention programs.

Tuesday's forum is on Long Island. The Rochester forum will be held on Tuesday, April 15 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the Monroe County Office Building. State Senator Joe Robach  says this is part of an effort to do a better job of educating the public, particularly young people.

The task force is chaired by Republican Sen. Phil Boyle, who leads the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

Anyone locally who wants to testify at the Rochester hearing on April 15 can contact Robach’s office at 585-225-3650 to reserve a spot.