Drug overdose deaths – particularly from opioid abuse – have become a national crisis. From 2000 to 2015, more than 500,000 people died of drug overdoses, with the majority coming from opioid-related addiction. In 2016 the Centers for Disease Control documented 64,000 deaths from drug overdoses with over 3,600 of them in New York.
We must get serious about addressing the opioid-addiction epidemic that is plaguing our communities. As your Senator, I will work to combat overprescribing of opioids, work to increase access to longer-term treatment facilities across the state, work to update privacy laws to make sure medical providers know if a person has struggled with opioid addiction when treating them for other ailments, and support the death penalty for drug kingpins who sell lethal heroin.