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Senator seeks more federal funding to fight the opioid crisis

WHITE PLAINS – US Senator Charles Schumer announced that he would launch “a major push to fight the accelerating and deadly opioid crisis.”

In White Plains on Friday, he announced he would push to secure additional funding during the final budget negotiations now going on in Congress to help Hudson Valley communities beat back the epidemic.

The senator cited CDC statistics that said life expectancy in the US has fallen for the second year in a row, the first time in more than 50 years.

In 2016, the rate of drug overdose deaths across the country was 21 percent higher than in 2015. In Westchester and Rockland, overdose deaths skyrocketed by almost 200 percent.

With the budget talks underway, Schumer said now is the time to push for additional funding to fight the scourge.

At a news conference on Friday, the senator was joined by Stephanie Keegan of Somers, who lost her son Daniel, who was 28, on January 7, 2016. He had served as a member of the 82nd Airborne, deployed to Afghanistan twice, was named soldier of the year for the 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg in 2009 and served as an intelligence analyst for the 7th Special Forces Group.  He suffered from PTSD and overdosed in early 2016.

 


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