NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio was joined by the first lady, as well as police and health officials to announce a new plan in the fight against opioids.

The city plans to invest $38-million into Healing NYC, in an effort to reduce overdose deaths by 35 percent over the next five years.

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As 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported, First Lady Chirlane McCray revealed the alarming statistics on Monday.

“In 2016, some 1,300 New Yorkers died of a drug overdose. That’s nearly four deaths a day,” she said.

She said the crisis comes from addiction to painkillers, and moving on to heroin laced with super lethal fetanyl.

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Mayor de blasio wants to make naloxone — the reviving drug — more available.

“Putting the tools in the hands of family members and loved ones and friends,” he said.

That way they can administer it directly.

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For more information New Yorkers can call 1-888-NYC-WELL.