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Lawmakers want President Biden and Governor Cuomo to declare a state of emergency for opioid overdose

Lawmakers for the state of New York have called on both President Biden and Governor Cuomo to declare a state and federal emergency related to the rise in overdose related deaths this year.

Senator Peter Harckham, a lawmaker on the Senate Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Committee, released the letter.


The CDC released information showing that overdose death increased from 2019 to 2020 by 93,000.

A state of emergency would give officials address to necessary resources that would address the issue.

Though the state is part of a law suit against drug makers where billions will be gained, Harckham believes there has been a lack of attention surrounding the issue of opioids and overdoses.



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