Wilton, NY – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) hosted Saratoga County leaders for a roundtable focused on combating the heroin and opioid epidemic that is devastating communities across the North Country and the Nation. As a member of the bipartisan Heroin Task Force, Congresswoman Stefanik helped the House pass significant legislation, including the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act, which have both been signed into law. Recently, she helped the House pass the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act – legislation to better equip law enforcement and community leaders with new tools to combat opioid abuse. Since being sworn in, Congresswoman Stefanik has supported over $4 billion in funding to combat the opioid epidemic, and continues to work with colleagues on a legislative agenda to prevent addiction and promote recovery.

“The opioid epidemic touches our communities, our homes, and our families in ways that have grave effects on everyday people and everyday lives,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I thank the community leaders who participated in our productive roundtable discussion today, and I am grateful to the countless constituents who continue to share their own personal experiences with the opioid crisis. In our district, there are amazing organizations doing their part to combat this heinous epidemic, such as SPARCC – Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery of Clinton County; Citizen Advocates; Hometowns vs. Heroin Addiction, and many others. Our communities are thankful for the work they do, and I am proud to be their partner in Congress.

In addition to securing over $4 billion in funding to combat this epidemic, I have supported landmark legislation such as the 21st Century Cures Act, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), and the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. There is still much work ahead to stem the tide of the opioid crisis, and I will continue working with community leaders and listening to feedback from constituents as we work to pass legislation that saves lives."