Rep. Katko Invites Public To Heroin, Synthetic Drug Forum

SYRACUSE, NY – U.S. Rep. John Katko announced that he will host a public forum this week focused on combating heroin and synthetic drug abuse.

The event will be held March 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Oswego City Hall in the Common Council Chambers.

Like past community forums, Katko will be joined by a panel of community advocates and parents, healthcare professionals, educators, prevention and treatment specialists, as well as local law enforcement and community responders to answer questions.

“There is no question that the heroin and synthetic drug epidemic has hit our region hard. I’ve heard from countless members of our community seeking treatment and addiction resources,” said Katko. “These forums provide an excellent opportunity for individuals who are struggling with addiction and their families to gain information and support from members of our community who work on the front lines every day to combat this epidemic.”

The event is Katko’s seventh public community forum since 2015.

The event is free and open to the public.

Only credentialed members of the media will be permitted to tape.

Time will be allotted for questions.

Details are as follows:

A community conversation on heroin and synthetic drug abuse
March 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Oswego City Hall, Common Council Chambers
13 W. Oneida St., second floor
city of Oswego

The meeting will be moderated by Oswego County District Attorney Greg Oakes.

Panelists include:

·         City of Oswego Assistant Fire Chief John Chawgo

·         Jiancheng Huang, Director of Public Health, Oswego County Health Department

·         Michael Batstone, Investigator with the Oswego County Drug Task Force

·         Monika Taylor, LCSW, CASAC, Director of Chemical Dependency Treatment Services for Crouse Hospital

·         Jill Gillman, Senior RN, Oswego Health Emergency Department

·         Penny Morley, MS, CAS, Prevention Services Director at Farnham Family Services and Member of the Coalition to Combat Substance Abuse

·         A representative from Chemical Dependency Counselor for County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Inc. (COCOAA)

·         Teresa Woolson, President of the VOW Foundation and Member of the Coalition to Combat Substance Abuse

·         John and Tina Socci, Heroin Epidemic Action League (H.E.A.L.) Cayuga County

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

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  1. Apparently, Rep. Katko is afraid to meet his constituents by himself, and needs a panel of other people to help limit the conversation to a topic determined by him, and thus protect him from the possibility of any embarrasement should anyone attempt to question him for his continuing support for the Trump agenda, including his refusal to vote in support of forcing Trump to release his tax returns. But I guess we should expect nothing less from good old say one thing vote another way Katko….

  2. Um, Mr. Brownell…didn’t I just read about Rep. Katko voting against the Republican healthcare plan to replace Obamacare? Hmm, I thought I did.

  3. You are Correct Robert. And I’d like to know why this IMPORTANT meeting regarding a Spirialing drug epidemic has to turn into a Republican Democratic issue…good lord get over it already

  4. I have an idea…let’s start here. Then, go after the Doctors who prescribe opiates for years to patients who not only abuse them, but sell them on the street.
    Costs of Substance Abuse

    Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our Nation, exacting more than $700 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care.**

    Health Care Overall
    Tobacco $130 billion $295 billion
    Alcohol $25 billion $224 billion
    Illicit Drugs $11 billion $193 billion

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