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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
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Jane Corwin
ALBANY -- Assemblywoman Jane Corwin joined members of the Assembly Minority Conference on Monday to announce the recommendations compiled as a result of the conference’s Task Force on Heroin Addiction & Community Response.

The task force held public hearings across the state gathering input and suggestions from medical professionals, law enforcement, addiction specialists, and individuals affected by addiction.

“The most important thing we can do as elected representatives is ensure public safety. In the case of the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic racing through our state, lives of New Yorkers are at risk,” said Corwin, R-Clarence. “The faces of addiction have changed – these lives are the lives of our friends and neighbors, college and high school students, and parents and children. I strongly encourage my colleagues in the Assembly Majority to take the time to read this report and help us enact meaningful legislation that will help protect the lives of New Yorkers at risk of and dealing with addiction.”

Corwin said her Assembly Minority colleagues are working on legislation based on the recommendations in the report and plan to introduce those bills shortly. A full copy of the report, The Heroin Epidemic – A Report on Heroin Use, Treatment, Prevention & Education Efforts in NYS, can be viewed here (link). For hard copies of the report contact Corwin’s office at 839-4691.

Additionally, the assemblywoman encourages anyone dealing with addiction to learn more about the current services New York State provides by visiting www.oasas.ny.gov/accesshelp, or for 24-hour assistance with alcohol or drug abuse concerns, please call the New York State HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369).



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