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Cuomo launches attack on heroin abuse

Cuomo launches attack on heroin abuse

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is adding 100 investigators to the state police narcotics unit to combat the rise of heroin use.

The additional 100 members would double the size of the Narcotics Enforcement Team. Cuomo said Wednesday that the state will also launch an effort to supply first responders with a heroin and opioid antidote.

The Democrat also announced an awareness campaign in public colleges and universities.

The state Legislature is also considering a series of bills to address the heroin scourge. The Republican-led Senate passed 23 heroin-related bills earlier this week and delivered them to the Assembly.

Cuomo says there were more than 89,000 cases of heroin and prescription treatment admissions in New York in 2013, up from 63,000 in 2004.

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