As heroin cri­sis deep­ens, New York’s new pre­ven­tion ef­fort kicks in

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Ger­ald Schif­man, Crain’s New York Busi­ness

In 2015, 937 New York City res­i­dents died from a heroin over­dose, a 17.1% rise over the pre­vi­ous year. Of all over- dose deaths in the city that year, 59% in­volved heroin.

But coun­ter­mea­sures passed by the state last year are now tak­ing ef­fect. More than a dozen new in­sur­ance re­forms took hold Jan. 1. One re­quires in­sur­ers to pay for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion; an­other es­tab­lishes a seven-day limit on ini­tial opioid pre­scrip­tions for acute pain, a re­duc­tion from 30 daysin an ef­fort to stem ad­dic­tion.

Gov. An­drew Cuomo, in his re­cent State of the State ad­dress, called for more treat­ment ex­pan­sions, in­clud­ing 24/7 cri­sis treat­ment cen­ters and cre­at­ing high schools for stu­dents in re­cov­ery.

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