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June 17, 2016
"I absolutely do acknowledge there is a need to do more to help communities that are struggling with this continual epidemic, one has existed for not just a few weeks or months, but for decades. But I do have concern, especially among communities of color, around Part D, which would be holding someone for an additional day. Seventy two hours creates more challenge than true promise. It is not clearly conveyed that there's a medical rationale of that being exact needed time. What you realistically hear, is that  if someone needs more time, it's more in the two weeks. So holding communities of color and other individuals for a long periods of time is something I'm always uncomfortable with and I think that sets a very problematic precedence that we have to be concerned about." said Assemblymember Blake, who voted against a bill to provide treatment and recovery services to individuals who are addicted to heroin and other opioids. (A-10725)