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Poloncarz lobbies state for opioid treatment center funds

If Broome County won't make immediate use of the money the state wants to provide for an Opioid Treatment Center, Erie County will.

The state offered $2.7 million to Broome County to help set up a drug crisis treatment center, which would offer inpatient treatment to those struggling with withdrawal, but the Broome County Legislature is delaying action on the offer until early next year.

Poloncarz responded Wednesday by sending a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly and Senate leaders saying such a center would be welcomed in Erie County as a critical hub in "this scourge on our society."

"Opioid addiction does not wait, it does not take days off, and addicted individuals literally could be moments away from the dose that kills them," he said in a statement. "This game-changing center will save lives."

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