New York measure to battle opioid crisis up for vote in Senate

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New York’s Democrat-controlled state Senate plans to vote on legislation aimed at battling the opioid crisis.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Pete Harckham, D-Westchester, would require addiction treatment providers to contact pre-designated loved ones when someone undergoing treatment shows potentially life-threatening behaviors such as testing positive for drugs.

Harckham says his “Stephen’s Law” proposal also would allow treatment providers to release details of a patient’s behavior or condition to up to three people designated by the person undergoing treatment.

The measure is named for Stephen Canastraro Jr., of Buffalo, who died two days after testing positive for fentanyl and oxycodone. His mother says his treatment provider didn’t tell her about the results even though he had consented to having toxicology tests released to her.

The bill is being voted on Monday.

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