Maimonides Medical Center expands opioid program

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Maimonides Medical Center is expanding a drug counseling program to combat the opioid crisis, city officials announced Thursday.

The center's Relay Program tackles opioid addiction using a peer wellness advocate. Patients receive support from the moment they're brought to the hospital and for 90 days after during recovery.

Officials say the peer advocates help humanize the treatment process.

"These are real people," says New York City first lady Chirlane McCray.

Officials say they plan to expand the program to 10 hospitals citywide by 2019.

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