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Cuomo to sign New York heroin legislation into law

Cuomo to sign New York heroin legislation into law

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be at a state university campus in upstate New York to sign legislation aimed

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be at a state university campus in upstate New York to sign legislation aimed at combating the sharp rise in heroin and opioid use.

The Legislature passed 11 heroin-related bills before the 2014 session ended on Friday. Cuomo is scheduled to sign the bills late Monday morning at Binghamton University in the town of Vestal.

The measures include provisions requiring insurance companies to consistently cover treatment for addiction, funding for public awareness of drug use and funding for more New York state troopers to investigate heroin trafficking.

State public health officials say deaths from heroin overdoses in New York more than doubled from 215 in 2008 to 478 in 2012.

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