Counties Applaud Signing of Opioid Overdose Bill

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.1668/A.4915)requiring that death certificates in cases of opioid overdose specify which opioid was involved in the death, if known. This new law requires that information be recorded so that more data will be available tobetter address the opioid crisis.

“New York continues to confront the opioid epidemic in all corners of the state. Toxicology results take an inordinate amount of time to review. This new law will help county coroners and medical examiners pin down the cause of death with more specificity than the general
classification of ‘drug overdose.’ Law enforcement efforts to track opioid suppliers have improved, and this new statute will further assist in identifying suppliers of the opiates that led to an overdose.

Governor Cuomo and state legislators continue to implement smart government policies to prevent the distribution of illegal opiates,” said Stephen J. Acquario, executive director of the New York State association of Counties.