Albany, NY (WKBW) - Thursday is the last day of the legislative session in Albany.
Just one day before lawmakers break for the summer, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and other state lawmakers announced an agreement to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic sweeping New York. It will also target prescription drug abuse.
The package deal has eight bills. Legislation would require every anti-overdose kit for heroin to have information about how to help stop an overdose and the dangers of the drug.
The bills also create a statewide public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioids, increase penalties on illegal drug use and distribution and require insurance companies to better cover substance abuse treatment.
"There will be one standard definition of what is medically necessary," Governor Cuomo said, "so insurance companies can't play games and decide who gets treatment and who doesn't get treatment."
With just one day left in the legislative session, controversy continues over medical marijuana legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo). Cuomo says he would not sign the current bill, because it could allow pot intended to be used for medicinal purposes to fall into the wrong hands.