Opioid and Heroin Abuse
- Successfully passed the Opioid Review Modernization Act, which would combat opioid abuse by improving education for prescribing physicians and incentivizing the pharmaceutical industry to include anti-abuse properties in new medications.
- Hosted a town hall to hear from folks in the Hudson Valley
- Introduced the Life-Saving Librarians Act which would help get critical opioid antidotes to community members on the front lines of this epidemic.
- Introduced bipartisan legislation, The Keeping Communities Safe Through Treatment Act, to provide law enforcement the option to divert individuals directly to treatment instead of booking them and processing them through the criminal justice system.
- Helped secure nearly $1 million in federal investments to support local treatment centers
- Cosponsored CARA to create investment programs for local communities facing prescription drug epidemics to expand prevention and education efforts, increase the availability of naloxone, and promote treatment and recovery.
- Announced $625k in investments in local health centers.
- Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) of Orange County: 224 Main Street A, Goshen, NY 10924, (845) 294-9000
- Astor Children’s and Family Services: (845) 871-1000, Hudson Valley Community-Based Programs;
- Catholic Charities: 27 Matthews Street, Goshen, NY 10924; (845) 294-5124; TEAM Newburgh, 280 Broadway, Newburgh, NY 12550, (845) 569-0034 x15
- Council on Addiction Prevention and Education (CAPE) of Dutchess County: 807 Route 52, Room 28, Fishkill, NY 12524, or call 845-765-8301; Peer Engagement Specialist, Meghan Hetfield, (845) 554-2527
- Drug Crisis in Our Backyard: 16 Fair Street, Carmel Hamlet, NY 10512; (845) 842-1212
- Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health: Call or text the HELPLINE at (845) 485-9700 or toll-free at (877) 485-9700 (mobile app available);
- Dutchess County Stabilization Center: 230 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, (845) 485-9700
- Hudson Valley Region United Way: (845) 471-1900
- Lexington Center for Recovery: Dutchess County; Westchester County;
- Mount Kisco Partners in Prevention: 104 Main Street, Mount Kisco, NY 10549, or call (845) 273-3251;
- New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services: (877) 8-HOPENY
- Onward Recovery: 135 Grant St. (rear entrance), Newburgh, NY 12550; (845) 725-1244
- Orange County Department of Mental Health: 24 Hour Mobile Mental Health Team at (888) 750-2266;
- Putnam County Communities That Care Coalition: 67 Gleneida Avenue Carmel, NY, or call (845) 225-4646;
- Permanent Medication Collection Box at Town of Newburgh Police Department: 300 Gardernertown Road, Newburgh, NY 12550, or call (845) 564-1100;
- Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth: 112 East Post Road, 3rd Floor, White Plains, NY 10601, or call (914) 995-4115;
- Westchester Department of Community Mental Health: 112 East Post Road, White Plains, NY 10601; Crisis and Prevention and Response Team: (914) 925-5959;
More on Opioid and Heroin Abuse
Newburgh, NY – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced a $1,999,614 investment from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Access: Supports for Living, Inc. (ASFL) in Orange County. The investment, funded through HHS’ Center for Mental Health Services and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, will help promote the treatment of mental and behavioral health for 12,000 people in the Hudson Valley.
Newburgh, NY – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) joined local health care and addiction recovery experts at Cornerstone Family Healthcare in Newburgh to outline dozens of new and reformed programs designed to target heroin and opioid abuse established by the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which was signed into law last week. The new law authorizes programs focused on prevention and treatment, in addition to efforts to support law enforcement, first responders, and to secure the border.
WASHINGTON — Only weeks after passing two pieces of legislation through the House to help veterans safely transition out of military service and to shore up America’s aging dams, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced that his legislation to require the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to compile and issue an annual report on online drug sales has passed the House of Representatives as part of the Stop Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act of 2017. Rep.
WASHINGTON –Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) urged his neighbors in the Hudson Valley to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, a nationwide initiative which encourages Americans to turn in any unused or expired medications to safe disposal locations. Rep. Maloney has compiled a comprehensive guide to help Hudson Valley residents find safe disposal locations in their communities.
Middletown, NY – After six people in Orange County died of drug overdoses over the past two weeks, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced the Stop Online Opioid Sales Act to require the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to collect information on online drug sales and issue an annual report to inform a solution to combating the problem.
WASHINGTON – After the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced the establishment of six new enforcement teams to stop the flow of heroin and fentanyl, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) asked the Administration to focus its efforts on the Hudson Valley in addition to Long Island. It is expected that the teams will track leads throughout the region, but Rep. Maloney specifically called upon the DEA to provide assistance to folks in the Hudson Valley.
Middletown, NY – In response to the increasing number of heroin and opioid overdoses in libraries here in the Hudson Valley and across the country, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) introduced the Life-saving Librarians Act to empower unlikely heroes in the fight against overdose deaths. Unfortunately, libraries have become a common site for opioid and heroin overdoses. Library staff have responded by educating themselves on the use of Narcan, an antidote which immediately reverses the effects of overdoses.
Poughkeepsie, NY— In response to the heroin and opioid epidemic, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) joined Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison in Poughkeepsie to introduce federal legislation to combat the opioid and heroin crisis and stop mass incarceration of abusers and low-level drug offenders nationwide.
Washington — As students returned to school in the Hudson Valley, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney held a call with local and national experts to share community resources and discuss ways parents, teachers, coaches and communities can combat heroin and opioid abuse. Rep. Maloney and experts Deborah Hersman of the National Safety Council and Susan Salomone of Drug Crisis in Our Backyard discussed how to spot signs of heroin and opioid abuse in children and young adults. Rep.
Washington – The House of Representatives today unanimously passed Representative Sean Patrick Maloney’s (NY-18) legislation to combat opioid abuse by improving education for prescribing physicians and incentivizing the pharmaceutical industry to include anti-abuse properties in new medications. The Opioid Review Modernization Act would require drug companies to obtain additional levels of expert approval when seeking Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for medications that do not use abuse-deterrent technologies, like extended-release capsules.