(WBNG Binghamton) As the heroin epidemic grows in New York, so does the number of law enforcement officials fighting the addiction.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday an initiative to increase the number of law enforcement agents fighting heroin.
Cuomo says an additional 100 experienced investigators will join the State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, or CNET.
Cuomo said CNET fills a void for rural, suburban and small police departments that lack personnel to maintain their own narcotics unit.
The additional manpower would nearly double the amount of troopers currently serving in the unit.
The state will also launch an effort to make more supplies of Naloxone, an antidote used to reverse a heroin overdose.
Cuomo also announced that awareness campaigns will take place on college campuses across the state.