NY AG Letitia James announces $1.5 billion in new funding to battle opioid crisis
State Attorney General Letitia James visited the Bronx Monday to announce new funding for New Yorkers impacted by the opioid crisis.
According to James, up to $1.5 billion will go toward opioid prevention, treatment and recovery for residents in the Bronx community.
The Bronx has consistently been one of the counties with the highest rate of opioid abuse and overdose deaths, according to the state Health Department's opioid annual report.
Almost 3,000 New Yorkers died from opioid overdoses in 2018, the department reported.
AG James says she has worked to combat the opioid crisis by holding drug companies accountable.
Earlier this year, her office reached a $4.5 billion settlement with Purdue Pharma for its role in fueling the opioid epidemic.
James says, “There’s no dollar amount that can bring back those we’ve lost.”
The money will be provided to various nonprofits and departments throughout the state with guidance from an opioid advisory committee.