Weekly News Update 6/10/16-6/17/16

Legislative Update:

I recently introduced legislation that would request that the NYS DOH develop and implement an advancement to the NYS Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) to help prescribers identify patients that have had overdosed on either an opioid or heroin.

The bill would require all first responders, who by law are required to report to the Regional Emergency Management Office (REMO) any use of naloxone within 24 hours and all medical practitioners whom administer naloxone to report to the PMP within 72 hours of administration of the agent information including their name, address, date of birth, and time/location of naloxone administration.

Prescribers need to have all the tools at their disposal to prevent, diagnose and treat drug addiction. It is incomprehensible that individuals can almost die of an overdose and be back at their prescriber’s office acquiring a prescription for the item that almost likely killed them. This bill will prevent senseless deaths and lead people to treatment and recovery.

In the District:

Underground Railroad History Project

Stories like the one of the Underground Railroad are a critical part of our local, state and national history. As one who represents the home of the Underground Railroad and supports it as well, I could not be more proud of the great work this organization does and the important story they tell. This video captures the spirit of this inspiring project. Be sure to take a few moments to see what the Underground Railroad History Project is all about here.

Schuyler Flatts Burial Ground Project

The Schuyler Flatts Burial Ground Project was created to pay tribute to the discovered remains of 14 formerly enslaved Africans. Next weekend they will honor these souls and lay them to rest.

Friday, June 17, 12pm-8pm they will hold a memorial service located at the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, 32 Catherine Street, Albany. The public is invited to visit and pay their respects.

In the News:

Check out this CBS 6 piece on the plans for ethics reform as the end of session approaches.

This Channel 13 interview that touches on a bill I am sponsoring to help with the heroin epidemic in NYS. I am hopeful this bill will pass by the end of session.