State releases 25-point plan to combat heroin and opioid addiction

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After two executive meetings, the State has announced a series of recommendations to try to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic

The state Heroin and Opioids Task Force— a group of healthcare experts, advocates, educators, law enforcement officers and recovering addicts— helped create a 25-point recommendation plan to fight heroin addiction at its roots.

“After listening to community leaders and experts, the Task Force has put forward important, sensible recommendations that include increasing outreach and awareness, mandating prescriber education requirements and expanding access to treatment programs,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

The 25-point plan attacks four aspects of fighting addiction— prevention, treatment, recovery and enforcement.

Some of the key recommendations from the Task Force included:

  • Mandating prescriber education on pain management and addiction.
  • Limiting opiate prescriptions for acute pain from 30-days to no more than a 7-day supply, with exceptions for chronic pain and other conditions.
  • Removing insurance barriers to inpatient treatment by eliminating prior approval for admission for necessary medical care as long as such inpatient treatment is needed.
  • Expanding access to overdose-reversal medicine.

Supporting the creation of new Recovery Community Outreach Centers to promote long-term recovery across the State.

For the full list of the 25 recommendations, click here
 

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