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Governor Hochul signs Matthew’s Law to protect public health and combat opioid addiction

Published on November 20, 2023

Kathy Hochul

ALBANY, NY- Governor Hochul has signed legislation that continues aggressive efforts to address the opioid and overdose epidemic.

Matthew’s Law expands the public’s access to fentanyl testing supplies, a resource that protects public health by decreasing the chances of an accidental drug overdose.

“For too long, pharmacies and other local health care providers have struggled to provide the resources proven to prevent overdose deaths,” the Governor said.

“With our historic investments in testing expansion, along with this legislation, we are working to ensure that every New Yorker has access to life-saving testing kits.”

Matthew’s Law expands on the state’s ongoing efforts to provide access to test strips.

Matthew’s Law furthers this effort by allowing local pharmacies and health care providers to provide this life-saving resource to all New Yorkers.

The law is named in memory of Matthew Horan, who died of an accidental fentanyl overdose in November 2020.

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