Local advocates for addiction recovery take message to Albany

Local advocates for drug addiction recovery were headed to Albany on Monday with a message for lawmakers.

Posted: Mar 6, 2018 3:44 PM

Local advocates for drug addiction recovery were headed to Albany on Monday with a message for lawmakers.

More than two dozen people packed into two vans and several cars for their journey. They have a few major requests to help them fight addiction in the opioid epidemic, and one request involves a surcharge of just two cents on certain drugs.

“There is a two cent surcharge in the New York State Budget for x number of milliliters of opioid medication that is manufactured by the pharmaceutical companies, and we would like them to take responsibility for that and pay that two cents charge and keep it in the budget,” said John Leech, a member of Friend of Recovery Mohawk Valley. “It doesn't seem like much, but if passed, it will amount to $157 million a year.”

That money could be used for education, treatment and halfway houses to fight the staggering epidemic of opioids.

To learn more about the opioid epidemic gripping the Mohawk Valley, check out our “Overdosed in the Mohawk Valley” series here.

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