THURSDAY: Maloney to Hold Emergency Telephone Town Hall on Heroin Epidemic

Feb 26, 2014
Press Release
Maloney to Call on Increased Availability for Naloxone and More Resources for Putnam and Dutchess Counties

Washington, D.C. -  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.

“I’m calling for all-hands-on-deck. The heroin epidemic in the Hudson Valley is killing our children, devastating our communities, and ripping apart the families of friends and neighbors – we must confront this issue head-on,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “We must ensure that the law enforcement officials who are working to get drugs off the streets have the resources they need and that community organizations focused on prevention and treatment have our full support.”

Tens of thousands of residents from the 18th Congressional district will receive an invitation by telephone to participate in the conference call on Thursday. Constituents in the 18th district can request an invitation in the following ways:

·          Emailing their name and complete phone number to

·          Calling Rep. Maloney’s Washington office at 202-225-5441

·          Visiting Rep. Maloney’s website to sign up.

Participants will also be given the opportunity to leave a message with their questions or comments at the end of the call. For those unable to participate in the telephone town hall, questions or concerns can be sent to Representative Maloney by calling any of his offices in New York or Washington, by visiting his website at, connecting with Rep. Maloney on Facebook at, or following him on Twitter at

Since taking office last January, Rep. Maloney has participated in multiple town halls back in the Hudson Valley and has held dozens of “Speak with Sean” events in neighborhoods across the region.