New York lawmakers announce measures to confront heroin epidemic

June 18, 2014 9:54 PM

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers announced a deal on Wednesday on a series of bills to help address the state's growing heroin epidemic.

The agreement includes provisions that will increase penalties for the distribution of illegal drugs, make it easier for addicts to get treatment, and create a public awareness campaign.

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