YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- The first round of forums held by the bipartisan Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction will take place at Mildred E. Strang Middle School in Yorktown on Thursday, April 30 at 7 p.m.
The Task Force will meet in Yorktown, Rochester, Lewiston, Albany and additional communities to examine the issues created by increased heroin abuse that is causing hundreds of deaths in communities across the state.
The Task Force is co-chaired by Sen.Terrence Murphy, Sen. Robert Ortt, chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health; and Sen. George A. Amedore, Jr., chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
Additional forums will be held in
- Monroe County: Wednesday, May 6, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Nursing Building, Room 100, 3690 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14618.
- Niagara County: Thursday, May 7, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Niagara University Dunleavy Hall, Room 127, 5795 Lewiston Rd., Niagara University, NY 14109.
- Albany County: Tuesday, June 2, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: SUNY Albany D'Ambra Auditorium, Life Sciences Research Building, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222.
"This Task Force must tackle this dire situation head on, because kids are dying," Senator Terrence Murphy said. "We successfully included language in the budget to allow school nurses to administer the lifesaving drug NARCAN but we need to be doing more. We will work to build partnerships across the state as we determine the next steps needed to end this terrible epidemic."
Lawmakers say that recent opiate statistics show a pressing and urgent need to find a solution to this statewide epidemic. Deaths in New York from opiate overdoses are increasing, with 34 suspected opiate deaths in Erie County so far this year ,13 of which occurred in just one recent week.
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