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Congresswoman Claudia Tenney to Host Opioid and Heroin Forum to Highlight Community Efforts to Combat the Epidemic

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Vestal, October 11, 2017 | comments

Today, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) announced that she will host an Opioid and Heroin Forum on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Binghamton University Symposium Hall, located at 85 Murray Hill Road, Vestal, NY.

The forum is an opportunity for a community-wide discussion on the opioid and heroin crisis in the Southern Tier. There is no need to RSVP to the forum, which is free and open to the public.

The forum will consist of a panel of experts in the field. The panelists, which include law enforcement officials and health care professionals, will discuss local efforts to combat the opioid and heroin crisis in the Southern Tier. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions.

“Too many families and communities across the nation have been tragically impacted by the opioid and heroin crisis. Combatting this epidemic requires cooperation, understanding and diligence across all levels of government,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney.  “The information we learn from this community-wide forum will be vitally important as we continue to work on solutions to combat this epidemic on the federal level. I am grateful to our panelists for taking the time to participate in this important forum, and for their tireless work to end this crisis.”

In Congress, Rep. Tenney has been a leader in working to end the opioid epidemic. As a member of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, Rep. Tenney has worked across the aisle to provide greater resources to combat substance abuse and increase training and resources for our first responders. Rep. Tenney is also a cosponsor of the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act and the Comprehensive Fentanyl Control Act, both of which aim to stop dangerous drugs from being sold and shipped across our borders. She is also an original cosponsor of H.R. 2938, the Road to Recovery Act. This bipartisan legislation eliminates Medicaid’s exclusion for substance use disorders, which will help states expand access to inpatient treatment for individuals on Medicaid.

The panel will be moderated by Alexis Pleus, Chief Rainmaker at Truth Pharm. The panelists include: Capt. Kate Newcomb, Broome County Sheriff’s Office and Member of the Broome Opioid Abuse Council (BOAC), Jill Alford-Hammit, Lourdes Substance Abuse Program and Member of BOAC, Alan Wilmarth, Administrative Director, Behavioral Health, UHS Hospitals, and Jessica Dube, an individual who has been directly impacted by this epidemic.

The event is open to the press and the public.

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