YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- State Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-40th District) is one of three chairs appointed by State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos to lead the Senate's bipartisan Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.
Murphy, whose district includes Northern Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess, is joined by co-chairs State Sens. George A. Amedore, Jr. and Robert Ortt.
The co-chairs will examine the issues facing many communities in the wake of increased heroin abuse. The Task Force will hold forums, meet with experts, and evaluate what state measures may be needed to further reduce drug abuse in New York.
"We need to continue the progress made by the Senate's Joint Heroin Task Force as we enter a new year with new members and committee chairs," Skelos said. "More work needs to be done to help our communities affected by opioid abuse and I am confident that Senators Murphy, Amedore and Ortt will provide the leadership necessary to create new solutions that will save lives."
On being a part of the Task Force, Murphy said "Winning the war on heroin and opioid abuse is a personal mission I have been on for nearly two years. I am honored to now lead this fight on behalf of the Senate and remain determined to build strong partnerships with advocacy groups and law enforcement officials as we craft meaningful legislation to address issues like increasing penalties for drug dealers and ensuring adequate access to Narcan."
This year, the Task Force will conduct its first forum on Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Pawling in Dutchess County and additional forums are being scheduled for communities in coming months. During the forums, senators will meet again with local elected officials as well as experts from the fields of law enforcement, addiction treatment, and education.
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