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.
- 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
After the Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) by a bipartisan vote of 94-1, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) called on Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republican Leadership to bring legislation to the floor to combat opioid addiction. Rep. Maloney is a co-sponsor of the CARA Act, which would create grant programs for local communities facing prescription drug epidemics to expand prevention and education efforts, increase the availability of naloxone, and promote treatment and recovery.
After a strong push from Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Maloney joined local law enforcement to announce additional critical federal resources to Dutchess and Putnam Counties for combatting drug trafficking in the Hudson Valley. With the new designation in the NY/NJ High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), local agencies will benefit from ongoing HIDTA initiatives to reduce drug use and allow for further coordination of drug control efforts between federal, state and local law enforcement officers. In February, Maloney urged the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske to designate Dutchess and Putnam counties as HIDTA, and in July, Maloney wrote in support of the HIDTA application submitted on behalf of Dutchess, Putnam and Rockland counties.
Feb 28, 2014 Press Release
Bringing together local, state and federal resources in a community wide town hall, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney heard stories from dozens of his neighbors in the Hudson Valley about the heroin epidemic.
Feb 26, 2014 Press Release
Representative Sean Patrick Maloney will hold an emergency telephone town hall on Thursday, February 27 at 7:30PM to discuss the heroin epidemic in the Hudson Valley. Joined by Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Kristin McConnell, Executive Director National Council on Alcoholism & Other Drug Dependencies/Putnam, TEAM Newburgh, and the National Drug Control Policy Office of the White House, Rep. Maloney will call on the Hudson Valley to be declared a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas and call for the increased availability of naloxone, a potentially lifesaving drug designed to reverse opioid prescription drug and heroin overdoses. Maloney will answer questions for constituents as well as discuss community resources and law enforcement resources available. This past year, Rep. Maloney secured $625,000 for five local organizations to combat substance abuse.
Jan 24, 2014 Press Release
One day before President Obama delivers his State of the Union address, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney will hold his first telephone town hall this year on Monday, January 27 at 7:00 PM to discuss the “State of the Hudson Valley.” Rep. Maloney will discuss President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address and will answer constituent questions on issues important to folks in the Hudson Valley like the economy, healthcare, immigration, extending unemployment insurance, and increasing the minimum wage.
Dec 20, 2013 Press Release
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released his 2013 Year End Annual Report, which highlights his legislative work, constituent services, district events, and correspondence.