Cuomo Wants 'Opioid Epidemic Surcharge'

Cuomo Wants 'Opioid Epidemic Surcharge'

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Governor Cuomo wants to charge the companies that make prescription opioids to help fight the state's opioid crisis.

During his budget address this week, Cuomo brought up the idea of creating what he calls an "opioid epidemic surcharge." Essentially, the state would charge manufacturers of prescription opioids two cents per milligram on their products.

That money would go back to the state to fund treatment programs.

Credo Community Center in Watertown relies on about $2 million from the state for its programs. It's executive director says something like this could be a big help for their organization.

"It would help us sustain the workforce that we have. Our workforce has been challenged and we need additional medical and additional clinical staff to provide the services to this opioid and heroin population," said Jim Scordo, Credo Community Center executive director.

Governor Cuomo estimates this surcharge could provide the state with $170 million to fight the opioid epidemic.

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