Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Suffolk County on Wednesday called the epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse in the country the worst the U.S. has ever faced, touting a plan that he says will double the state’s efforts to fight it.

“It’s worse than meth, it’s worse than crack in the 1980s, it’s worse than the heroin crisis of the 70s,” he said.

The budget included provisions designed to curb drug abuse, including limits to prescription pain killers and efforts to fight overdoses and other symptoms of addiction.

“This is a matter of life and death,” Cuomo said. “What we did basically in the state budget is double the state’s resources.”

Cuomo called the problem primarily a concern for rural and suburban communities, though there has been an uptick of heroin-related overdoses in New York City as well.

“There has been an explosion. It is a national epidemic, it is a statewide epidemic, but it is particularly explosive on Long Island,” he said.