Sen. Schumer calls for billions to battle opioid crisisPosted: Updated:
Sen. Charles Schumer was in White Plains Friday to call for billions of dollars to be added to the new budget to deal with the opioid crisis.
His plea for more federal resources comes after a Centers for Disease Control report showed that 143 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016 in Westchester and Rockland counties – a nearly 200 percent increase from 49 deaths in 2015.
No community, city or state is immune to the opioid epidemic. It takes parents, children, teachers, first responders, heroes & friends. More on why the gov't MUST help fund the fight from Westchester starting soon.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 5, 2018
In 2016, there were 42,000 opioid-related drug overdose deaths across the nation, according to the report.
Sen. Schumer is attaching the $8 billion opioid funding request to the new budget which has to be passed by Jan. 19.