At a news conference, Hochul said the main goal of the five bills is to remove barriers to getting treatment.READ MORE: Suffolk Police: Ganessa Gordon, 18, Reported Missing In Brentwood
A major change includes mandating medication-based treatment in all New York state jails and prisons.READ MORE: 'Best Small Cities In America': New Jersey Communities Make Top 25
Hochul said while the bills represent a step in the right direction, more can still be done.
“We’re going to make sure that New York State leads the nation in terms of how we deal with this crisis because our people are suffering. They need us,” Hochul said.MORE NEWS: Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Children At Bronx Day Care Since 2018 Arrested
The governor said the package also decriminalizes possession of a syringe in New York.