ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - New York State is putting its wallet where its mouth is when it comes to battling the opioid epidemic.
As part of the new state budget, over $200 million is being spent to help expand treatment access to those addicted to deadly drugs.
That $200 million is double the amount the state spent just six years ago.
In 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo passed a law to increase access to treatment, expand community prevention strategies, and limit the over-prescription of opioids in New York.
News 8 spoke to one director at a local treatment center who says that trying to kick an opioid addiction is the hardest thing a person can do.
"The disease of addiction does not give up easily and particularly opioid addiction is extremely difficult to get under control," said Dr. Mark Winsberg, clinical director at Parkridge Treatment Center.
In the Finger Lakes Region, $12 million will be spent to help several local treatment centers, which includes a 24/7 urgent access center.
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