Schumer: Yates ‘battered’ by drug epidemic

With Yates County having one of the highest drug overdose rates in the region, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer discussed the opioid epidemic Wednesday during a stop in Penn Yan.

At the local office of the Finger Lakes Area Counseling & Recovery Agency, Schumer announced his efforts to lock down $3.3 billion in federal funding in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations bill to combat the ongoing crisis.

Yates County has been hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic. The county is the second most severely impacted county, per population, in the Rochester-Finger Lakes region.

“FLACRA is on the front lines in the battle against opioids, and I’m honored to stand with men and women who work every day to ensure counseling, education, and treatment services are available 24/7 for Yates County residents,” Schumer. “Yates County has been battered by the opioid epidemic for far too long, and our efforts to keep families and communities healthy must be unrelenting. Just as I helped secure funding for Yates County in last year’s major funding bill, I vow to continue fighting for more funding to combat the opioid scourge in next year’s budget bill.”

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