- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A coalition of addiction treatment providers is calling on New York state to set aside $350 million to combat heroin and substance abuse.

The request from the Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers comes as lawmakers in Albany are negotiating the details of the state budget.

John Coppola, executive director of the organization, said this week that the money would be a “crucial investment” in efforts to fight drug addiction through programs that focus on prevention, treatment and recovery.

He says the budget recommendation from Gov. Andrew Cuomo keeps spending on community-based addiction treatment providers flat, even as the state continues to grapple with heroin and prescription drug abuse.

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