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NY Senate passes bills to curb heroin scourge

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Republican-led Senate has passed a series of bills to curb heroin use.

On Monday the Senate passed 23 of the 25 bills introduced last month following a series of forums around the state on heroin and opioid use.

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The legislative package seeks to limit prescriptions of opioids for acute pain and allow schools to administer naloxone—an antidote for heroin and opioid overdoses. It also creates a statewide heroin awareness program and increases penalties for selling drugs on playgrounds.

With more than 30 heroin-related bills in the upper chamber from both sides of the aisle, some Democrats are wary that some of the measures are reminiscent of Rockefeller drug laws and simply increase criminal penalties.

The bills go to the Democratic-led Assembly, which is currently holding its own heroin forums.

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