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Katko Shares Local Stories As Part of Commission On Combating Drug Addiction, Opioid Crisis

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today (April 25) highlighted the heroin and synthetic drug epidemic affecting Central New York at a White House Listening Session on drug abuse.

Gov. Chris Christie, who is leading the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, hosted Rep. Katko and a small group of Congressmen and women from across the country to focus on legislative ideas for combating drug abuse.

Katko was invited to participate in the listening session because of his demonstrated commitment to addressing the heroin and synthetic drug epidemic and his background as a federal organized crime and narcotics prosecutor.

“I’ve heard painful stories of loss and addiction from far too many families across Central New York. Today, I had the opportunity to share these stories and to highlight to the administration the dire need to act,” Katko said following today’s listening session. “At home in Central New York and in Congress, I’ve prioritized combating the heroin and synthetic drug epidemic plaguing our community. I applaud the administration for working to address this critical issue and will continue to fight for reforms to bolster support for our law enforcement, improve prevention, treatment, and education efforts, and ensure that everyone who seeks treatment is able to receive it.”

Katko has long championed action at home and in Congress to address the heroin and synthetic drug epidemic.

Through multiple public listening sessions across the 24th Congressional District, Katko has worked to raise awareness locally and to connect members of the community seeking treatment and addiction resources with local experts.

In Congress, he has prioritized addressing both the heroin and synthetic drug epidemic.

During the 114th Congress, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) was signed into law, which included provisions authored by Katko to strengthen the ability of the federal government to prosecute international drug traffickers.

Additionally, he introduced and passed through the House bipartisan legislation to ban chemicals used in making synthetic drugs and has introduced and championed legislation aimed at making it easier for local law enforcement to prosecute the sale and distribution of synthetic substances.

Congressman Katko represents the 24th Congressional District of New York, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne counties and the western portion of Oswego County.

For more information visit http://katko.house.gov or www.facebook.com/RepJohnKatko.