New York Cracks Down On Opiate Abuse

06.11.14 | FL News Team

The State Senate sent a clear message this week by passing more than 20 bills aimed at fighting against heroin and opioid abuse. Steuben County leaders are applauding that vote, which they hope will add to their own efforts, including the recently-launched 2014 Narcotics Enforcement Program.
State senators who co-sponsored the legislation said it's a three-pronged approach: prevention awareness, treatment and criminal sanctions. Part of these bills include opening up shock prison camps like Monterey Shock in Schuyler County that recently was forced to close.
"The transformation of some of these facilities and the lesser and more minimum of shock camp facilities are less like a prison setting than others so they may be more better situated to deal with these patients," said Senator Tom O'Mara, R-C-Big Flats.
State lawmakers said they took a wide-ranging approach with the 23 bills that were passed, with hopes to create even more awareness of the growing addiction.