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Senator Gillibrand announces Federal funding for opiate prevention and treatment programs


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Tuesday, August 21st, at 2:30 PM: As the opioid epidemic continues to hurt communities across New York State, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will hold a simultaneous satellite media availability and conference call to announce that following her push, the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill includes critical funding that would help communities combat the opioid crisis. This legislation, which could pass the Senate as soon as this week, includes $3.7 billion in federal funding for treatment and prevention programs that would help communities throughout New York fight against the opioid epidemic.

Last year, the opioid epidemic is estimated to have killed nearly 50,000 Americans, including 3,466 New Yorkers. This represents a record number of deaths due to opioid overdose. Gillibrand fought for critical funding and resources to be included in the upcoming Senate appropriations bill to help provide support for local public health officials to fight the opioid crisis.