The state is providing money for 25 new inpatient beds at Horizon Village in Sanborn in order to treat addictions related to the opioid epidemic.
The money comes from the new state budget in which Gov. Andrew Cuomo allocated funds for 50 new inpatient beds and is in response to the opioid-heroin epidemic that claimed 256 lives last year and 224 lives so far in Erie County. The other 25 beds will be placed in the Utica area.
“This is a great step in saving lives. My son lost his life for the lack of beds and since Michael passed away 2011, we have advocated and gotten 75 new beds in Western New York,” said Avi Israel, who formed the Save the Michaels of the World Foundation after his son took his own life while in the throes of opioid addiction.
On another front in the opiate epidemic, the addiction telephone hotline. which started at 8 a.m. Monday, received a total of 79 calls during its first 24 hours from individuals looking for placement in treatment, according to Jessica Pirro, chief executive officer of Crisis Services, which is operating the hotline funded by Erie County.
The hotline number is 831-7007.
Arlene González-Sánchez, commissioner of state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, made the announcement in downtown Buffalo at Horizon’s Terrace House.