Senator O'Mara comments on Senate Task Force on Heroin recommendations

May 28, 2014

Albany, N.Y., May 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today joined his colleagues on the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to issue a report and unveil a set of legislative recommendations in response to the growing heroin crisis across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

The legislative strategy that O’Mara will co-sponsor in the Senate was unveiled following a series of public hearings the task force has held throughout the state since early April, including one O’Mara sponsored at Elmira College two weeks ago.  To date, the task force has held 18 public forums, listened to 53 hours of testimony and heard from over 200 panelists.

“I appreciate everyone on the front lines locally who joined us to help target the most effective responses to the heroin crisis.  This legislative package is a product of the testimony we received at the Senate hearings,” said O’Mara.  “It’s a proposed first response.  We’re going to keep working to determine the most effective combination of law enforcement, awareness and education, and treatment and prevention to try to stop the spread of heroin, better protect our communities and save lives.”