Rep. Carolyn Maloney urges Congress to fund drug rehab programs to combat rise in heroin overdoses
Source: NY Daily News
President Obama on July 22 signed into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), but Congress has yet to provide money for the new programs.
In Brooklyn alone, 29 per 100,000 residents died from heroin overdoses from 2009 to 2013 and 93 per 100,000 died from opioid overdoses over that same period, records show.
“Our country and our city are facing a severe crisis,” Maloney said. “In New York City, we are told by the City Health Department that we lose a person every other day in our great city.”
Teens are now experimenting with harder drugs like heroin and oxicodone, said Warren Zysman, CEO of ACI Chemical Dependency Treatment Center in Manhattan.
“And one of the biggest problems is there’s no way for people to gain access to the necessary treatment,” he said.