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Drug treatment advocates lobby for additional funding

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Drug treatment advocates and several legislators are calling for $15 million in the 2014-15 budget to combat an epidemic of abuse of both legal and illegal substances statewide. From 1991 to 2010, the number of people who were consumers of prescription opiates increased by 40 million nationwide, according to the New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers, and that has led to an increase in prescription drug abuse and dependency. Meanwhile, illegal narcotics ...


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