Discussion to center on heroin epidemic in the Hudson Valley
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney will hold an emergency telephone town hall at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, to discuss the heroin epidemic in the Hudson Valley.
Joined by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Kristin McConnell, executive director of the 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 as 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, 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,” Maloney said. “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 firstname.lastname@example.org
· Calling Maloney’s Washington office at 202-225-5441
· Visiting Maloney’s website to sign up.
Participants will 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 Rep. Maloney by calling his offices or visiting his website at seanmaloney.house.gov, connecting on Facebook at facebook.com/repseanmaloney, or Twitter at twitter.com/RepSeanMaloney.