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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Assemblymember John McDonald discusses the Opioid Crisis - 11/14

ALBANY, NY – October 16, 2018 – Opioid abuse is by far the fastest growing crisis across New York State. Addiction can happen to anyone, in any family, at any time. New York State Assemblyman John McDonald will talk with the Albany Roundtable about his efforts to address the Opioid Crisis on Wednesday, November 14 at the University Club of Albany.

As a practicing pharmacist, McDonald knows firsthand the challenges individuals face with prescription opiate abuse and street heroin abuse. He has sponsored legislation that was signed into law that provides treatment for opioid addiction. The bill authorizes the creation of a demonstration program with the goal of diverting those who do not need in-hospital treatment to more appropriate services and facilities for detox. This will reduce emergency room costs, provide alternative short-term care, and test the effectiveness of new approaches to treatment options. He has also sponsored and supported legislation to address other longstanding issues including insurance reforms to improve treatment options for individuals suffering from addiction, measures to increase penalties on those who sell or provide opiates or heroin illegally, provisions to provide naloxone, which is an overdose antidote, to those who need it, and a public awareness campaign to further educate and share the message to prevent drug abuse.

McDonald is serving his third term in the New York State Assembly representing the 108th Assembly District, which consists of parts of Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties. It includes Cohoes, his hometown where he previously served as Mayor for 13 years. A life-long resident of Cohoes, John is a practicing pharmacist and the President of Marra's Pharmacy. As a member of the Assembly, John serves on the Aging, Alcoholism & Substance Abuse, Cities, Higher Education, Real Property Taxation and Ways and Means committees. He has worked on legislation pertaining to reducing unfunded mandates to local governments, containing property taxes, job growth and creation, sensible health care and an aggressive and complete attack on the heroin/opioid crisis that is ravaging our state and our communities.

This luncheon is sponsored by Hinman Straub - Attorneys at Law. For more than 80 years, the firm has been a leader in providing individual, institutional and corporate clients with a comprehensive array of legal and government relations services that few other firms can match. Located in the heart of New York State Government, they offer clients a wide range of practice expertise, from health law to health insurance, life insurance to financial planning, and labor to education and government relations.

The cost for the November luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card at The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the November 14 luncheon are required by Monday, November 12 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling and leaving a message to register at 518-992-5360, or by sending an e-mail to