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    Albany, N.Y. – 06/09/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) voted today with his colleagues to pass nearly two dozen pieces of legislation aimed at addressing issues surrounding the increase in heroin and opioid abuse in New York State.

    In March 2014, Senator Greg Ball was appointed to the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The bipartisan task force, chaired by Senator Phil Boyle (R-C-I, Suffolk County), examined the issues and solicited input from experts and other stakeholders about addiction prevention and treatment options, the rise in heroin and opioid use, and the potential for drug-related crimes and other negative community impacts.

    “I was proud to serve on this task force and work with my colleagues to develop legislation to combat this epidemic,” said Senator Greg Ball. “The heroin epidemic that has plagued our communities must be confronted head on. It is sickening to read and hear of the countless deaths in our community. My hope is that the Assembly will act quickly to join our efforts and get to our kids, before it’s too late.” 

    In April 2014, Senator Ball hosted a Homeland Security Drug Crisis Roundtable in conjunction with the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction at the Paladin Center Tactical Training Facility in Carmel, NY.

    The package of bills that were passed today begun the legislative response laid out in the task force’s report to prevent drug abuse and overdoses, increase the availability and efficacy of addiction treatment, and enhance the tools provided to law enforcement to keep heroin off the streets.

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