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State Senate Task Force Holds Forum On Heroin Addiction

Apr 14, 2014

A Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction is holding a series of public forums across the state, including one here in Rochester.

The Tuesday  meeting is the second of 12. The goal is to seek input on addiction prevention and treatment options.

New York’s recently enacted 2014-2015 budget includes nearly $2.5 million to address the growing problems of heroin and opioid abuse.

State Senator Joe Robach of Rochester says a  bi-partisan  Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction is trying to bring  awareness to the growing problem of heroin addiction.

"We’re going to have people who deal with drug addictions testifying, we're going to have people in law enforcement. We’re going to have people who even prosecute drug crimes. But probably most prevalent would be people who are impacted by this."

Once the dozen forums have all been held, the task force will make recommendations that will be used to draft legislation to address the issues that have been  raised.  The Tuesday session is at the Monroe County Office Building Legislative Chambers. It runs from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.