- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York state Senate’s Republican majority has released a list of 35 recommendations for addressing the state’s heroin and opioid epidemic.

The proposals announced Tuesday are the result of two years of work by a Senate task force created to study the rising rates of addiction and overdose throughout the state.

Republican Sen. Rob Ortt, the panel’s co-chairman, says the recommendations include suggestions from addiction experts, physicians, law enforcement and even addicts and their families.

Specific proposals include efforts to prevent prescription drug abuse, enhanced educational outreach in public schools, insurance regulations to make treatment more affordable, tougher penalties for heroin dealers and expanded treatment options.

Senators say they hope to pass each proposal this year.

The state budget includes $166 million in funding to fight opioid addiction.

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