NY to open 6 new centers to help recovering opioid users

Posted at 8:08 AM, Jun 30, 2016

New York state is funding the creation of six new recovery centers to help people trying to overcome heroin and opioid addiction.

The new facilities will be located in Staten Island, Long Island, Saratoga Springs, Buffalo, Watertown and Newburgh. They're being funded by $10.5 million in state money announced Wednesday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The centers will offer services to recovering users such as workforce training, peer support and help with insurance and health care.

It's one piece of a broader state effort to address the rise in heroin and opioid use and abuse. Lawmakers recently passed a series of new measures that limit opioid prescriptions to seven days, require insurers to cover initial impatient drug treatment and expand rehab and treatment options around the state.