George Amedore

George Amedore is a member of the state Senate's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse.

Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state Senate is planning another meeting to hear from local law enforcement, mental health experts and the loved ones of those lost to heroin and opioids.

Tuesday's meeting in Newburgh in the Hudson Valley will be hosted by Republican Sens. George Amedore, Fred Akshar and William Larkin.

A Republican Senate task force has held similar hearings throughout the state to gather insight into how local communities are addressing the scourge of drug abuse and addiction.

Lawmakers included more than $200 million in this year's state budget for efforts to prevent and fight addiction.

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