Drug & Alcohol Abuse in the 2017 Erie County budget, nearly twice the amount allocated in last year’s
budget. The Legislature approved the funding at the Dec. 6, 2016 annual budget meeting to support WNY
United’s efforts to increase awareness, educate and mobilize a broad cross-section of individuals and
groups to participate actively in proven strategies to prevent substance abuse.
“We are seeing improvement in our battle against opioid and heroin addiction, which is why we must
continue to prioritize funding for the programs that are working to save residents. WNY United has been
a critical partner for the county in this fight and I look forward to see improved results from their efforts,”
said Legislator Dixon.
“We have been proud to join and, where possible, enhance Legislator Dixon's tireless efforts on the Erie
County Opiate Epidemic Task Force and with locally based community coalitions. Progress has been
made in increasing awareness and community responsiveness but overdoses remain stubbornly high.
We are grateful for any additional resources that will help us bring important addiction and resource
information to the families and friends of those struggling with substance abuse,” said Linda Flowers,
Executive Director for WNY United.
The additional funding was added into the 2017 budget without increasing overall spending in the next
fiscal year. In fact, the property tax rate will decrease for the third consecutive year.
For information or assistance, please contact Legislator Dixon’s Legislative Office at (716) 858-8671 or