As session ends Assembly Democrats shamelessly enable heroin epidemic

As session ends Assembly Democrats shamelessly enable heroin epidemic

New Windsor, NY -- (6/13/16) Colin J. Schmitt, candidate for the 99th NYS Assembly District, today issued a statement on the continuing heroin crisis facing our state.

Last week the New York State Comptroller released a report finding that Orange County led the State in fatal heroin overdose rate. Schmitt who previously served as Director of Operations for the NYS Senate Homeland Security Committee and as a former member of the board of directors of the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County has been involved with the fight against the scourge of heroin since the beginning of this epidemic.

With legislative session in Albany winding down this Thursday there is much distress across the state with the NYC-Controlled Assembly Democrats failure to pass meaningful legislation to combat the heroin and opioid crisis.

Of top concern is the fact that local Hudson Valley Democratic Assemblymembers and their New York City Colleagues are blocking passage of “Laree’s Law” which would allow law enforcement to charge a drug dealer with homicide if a person overdoses on heroin or an opiate-controlled substance sold to them by said dealer.  

Schmitt said, “We have been suffering for far too long with this heroin epidemic. Increased access to treatment and inpatient care in necessary. Holding insurance companies responsible to treat this addiction, a disease, and help save lives is a must. The legislature must fully restore cuts and increase funding to state and local based support groups and addiction counseling services. Most importantly the NYC-Controlled Assembly Democrats must allow passage of “Laree’s Law.” There is no acceptable argument or explanation of why we cannot hold drug dealers who murder our young men and women in the Hudson Valley accountable. Before Thursday I hope that Assembly Democratic members from the Hudson Valley side with us in helping solve the heroin epidemic and not side with criminals.”  

Colin J. Schmitt is a resident of New Windsor. He serves in the Army National Guard and previously served as Director of Operations for the NYS Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee. For more information visit www.ColinSchmitt.com.

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