Following a press conference in Albany today, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Troy) is calling for legislative intervention to combat New York’s devastating heroin and opioid addiction crisis.
Assembly Republicans held a series of statewide community forums last year to discuss issues and solutions surrounding the heroin and opioid epidemic with a variety of stakeholders. Assembly Democrats have refused to bring any legislation up for a vote to address the issue and some have even proposed supervised drug dens where addicts would be legally allowed to shoot up.
“This deadly epidemic continues to ravage our communities,” McLaughlin said. “I hosted one of these forums myself and I can tell you that people are desperately craving help. It is a sad reflection on the Assembly leadership that they prioritize commemorating Cheerios over addressing our state’s drug problem. It shouldn’t take a press conference days before we adjourn for the summer to pass legislation that would save lives. How is it that the Senate passes 41 bills and recommendations to mitigate this emergency and the Assembly is too dysfunctional to pass even one bill? My hope is that we can work in a bi-partisan way to realize some solutions before we adjourn later this month.”
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