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Deal on anti-heroin bills includes insurance, treatment and criminal changes
State officials reached a deal late Tuesday on bills intended to curb the rampant rise of heroin in New York, a source said.
The most significant measure would change insurance laws so as to get heroin addicts to in-patient treatment settings sooner, according to a 10-point memo outlining the package of legislation. Other measures would increase post-treatment services prevent addiction relapses and increase awareness and prevention programs aimed at teens and young adults.
There also are anti-crime measures, including stiffening penalties for illegal scripts and illegal opioid sales, and allowing law enforcement more access to a suspect’s criminal history.
Further details are expected to be announced Wednesday.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and lawmakers also continued to negotiate a bill to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, after the Democrat governor threatened to veto it but he said the current version doesn’t have enough limitations.
Bills included in the anti-heroin package, according to the memo, would:
- Increase penalties for illegally obtaining prescriptions to secure any controlled substance.
- Stiffen penalties for illegal sale of a controlled substance by a physician or pharmacist.
- Enable parents to seek a substance-abuse assessment for children in the Person in Need of Supervision (PINS) program.
- Aim to make treatment services more affordable.