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Task force on heroin, opioid abuse to meet Thursday

A state task force on heroin and opioid abuse will conduct a public meeting Thursday in Buffalo to collect recommendations for changes in laws, regulations or policies related to the growing crisis.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on May 10 creation of the Task Force to Combat the Heroin and Opioid Crisis, which is also receiving testimony this week in Syracuse and Schenectady. It comprises experts in healthcare, drug policy, advocacy, education, and parents.

The meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Medaille College, Main Building, 18 Agassiz Circle.

The task force is also accepting written testimony. Individuals can submit written testimony online here:

The 15 members of the task force include Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, co-chair of the group, and Anne Constantino, president and chief executive officer of Horizons, one of Western New York’s biggest drug treatment and mental health providers.

Cuomo said the task force will build on previous efforts by the state to address opioid abuse and misuse.