Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs laws designed to help combat heroin abuse
YONKERS - Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed nearly a dozen laws today aimed at combating heroin abuse in New York.
Cuomo approved 11 heroin-related bills that the legislature passed before the 2014 session ended on Friday.
The measures include the creation of a new awareness campaign, stiffened penalties for dealers and improved treatment options for addicts. They also earmark money to provide the overdose drug Narcan to emergency responders statewide.
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State public health officials say deaths from heroin overdoses in New York doubled from 2008 to 2012.