Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Melrose) today attended a community forum sponsored by Sen. Kathleen A. Marchione (R,C-Halfmoon) on overcoming heroin and opioid addiction. The event, which was open to the public, included a panel of experts and public officials. Marchione and McLaughlin were joined by Sen. Phil Boyle (R,C,I-SuffolkCounty), Chair of the Senate’s Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, in addition to physicians, nurses, educators and public and mental health professionals from Rensselaer, Columbia and Saratoga counties.
“Opioid and heroin addiction is on the rise, especially in rural and suburban communities. This is no longer a ‘city’ problem. In order to maximize our efforts at prevention, particularly those aimed at our youth, we must better understand what causes this growing social problem,” said McLaughlin.
“We want to raise a generation of productive members of society, not individuals who will get mixed-up in the dark world of drug addiction and only contribute to a rise in crime. We need to be vigilant with our young people. As the parent of two college-bound high school students, and as a legislator concerned about our community, this issue is particularly important to me because I know that heroin and opioid addiction can derail an otherwise-promising future.
“I look forward to working with Sen. Marchione, Sen. Boyle and others to adopt legislative recommendations for treating and preventing opioid and heroin addiction,” McLaughlin concluded.
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th District, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information, please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s official website.