NY lawmakers to examine state's heroin problem



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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state lawmakers are taking a look at what can be done to address the state's heroin and opioid addiction crisis.

A bipartisan Senate task force is set to hold the first of several statewide hearings Thursday in Yorktown in Westchester County.

Additional hearings are planned for Rochester, Lewiston and Albany.

The meetings are intended to allow lawmakers to hear from local leaders, residents and experts as they develop proposals to fight the addiction epidemic.

According to state figures, there were 91,000 medical admissions for heroin and prescription opiate abuse in New York state in 2013. That's up from 76,000 five years ago.

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