More dedicated funding to fight opioid crisis

Local officials announce WNY to receive $16 million in state dollars

Tim Wenger
April 27, 2017 - 3:43 pm

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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Inside the Horizon Health Services office on East Amherst Street in Buffalo, State, county and local officials gathered to again put emphasis on the deadly opioid crisis and some new money being dedicated to assist.

New York State is dedicating $213 million statewide in the fight to help curb the problem and $16 million of those funds will come directly to the Western New York region.  

"As the opioid crisis continues to grow, it is rare to find a Western New Yorker who has not been impacted by the epidemic", said Senator Tim Kennedy at the Thursday news briefing. Senator Chris Jacobs says, "this new funding will be crucial in providing law enforcement, health care professionals and mental health experts with the tools they need to save lives".

Buffalo and Erie County have experienced a spike in overdose deaths this year.  Last month, seven Erie County residents died within 24 hours due to a particularly bad batch of heroin.  Erie County reported just shy of 300 confirmed opioid deaths in 2016 and has said that the number of deaths per week has increased already in 2017.

Some of the new dedicated funds will be utilized to expand the use of and training for Narcan and other similar drugs that can be administered to someone experiencing a potentially fatal overdose situation.

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