Congressman Sean Maloney

Representing the 18th District of New York

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Opioid and Heroin Abuse

Learn more about my work in Congress to fight back against the opioid and heroin epidemics. 
 
I’ve heard it from folks in every neighborhood in the Hudson Valley – the heroin and opioid epidemic is killing our children and devastating our communities. I'm doing everything in my power to combat this epidemic. There is no silver bullet solution, but working together with local, state and federal officials we can make sure those on the front lines have the support they need to expand prevention and treatment efforts, get drugs off our streets, and keep our children safe. Read more about my plans to fight this epidemic:
 
  • 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.
Communities across the Hudson Valley have valuable tools to help people struggling with addiction. Find more resources below.
 
 

More on Opioid and Heroin Abuse

Oct 30, 2018 Press Release

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.

Jun 15, 2018 Press Release

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.

Apr 26, 2018 Press Release

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.  

Feb 12, 2018 Press Release

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.

Nov 16, 2017 Press Release

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.

 

Oct 31, 2017 Press Release

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.

Mar 20, 2017 Press Release

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.

Sep 8, 2016 Press Release

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.

May 11, 2016 Press Release

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.

Apr 20, 2016 Press Release

Washington – As part of his comprehensive strategy to combat the opioid epidemic in the Hudson Valley, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) introduced legislation to cut down on opioid abuse by improving education for prescribing physicians and encouraging the pharmaceutical industry to include anti-abuse properties in new medications.

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