State Republicans push Assembly to help curb heroin use

New York's top Republican wants the Democratic-led Assembly to act on legislation to curb the growth of heroin use in the state.

Sen. Dean Skelos says Friday that Assembly leaders should consider 23 bills that his chamber passed earlier in the week before session ends on Thursday.

Some Democrats have been hesitant about some of the bills, saying it takes the state back to an era of failed drug laws and doesn't treat addiction as a public health issue.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday an additional 100 state troopers have been assigned to narcotics enforcement efforts around the state. But he has yet to sign a bill that would make it easier for law enforcement to administer a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses.