CHELE FARLEY MEETS WITH SENATOR TERRENCE MURPHY TO DISCUSS REGION’S OPIOID EPIDEMIC
Chele Farley (R-Orange County), who is a candidate for New York’s 18th congressional district, met with former State Senator Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) to discuss the heroin and opioid epidemic, which was responsible for more 3,000 deaths across New York State in 2016. That was a nearly three-fold increase from 2010.
“Countless families across the Hudson Valley have been touched by the opioid epidemic,” said Chele Farley. “Senator Murphy did incredible work in Albany to make New York a national leader in this fight. As our region’s voice in Washington, I will work hard to ensure that families suffering from heroin and opioid addiction have access to the treatment and services they need. Preventing future generations from being victimized by these deadly drugs needs to be a national priority.”
As Chairman of the State Senate’s Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, Senator Murphy led the effort to enact landmark new state laws focused on prevention, treatment, recovery and law enforcement. Through this comprehensive approach, Senator Murphy passed new laws requiring insurance companies to provide coverage for inpatient treatment services and restricting opioid prescriptions. Leaders in the addiction recovery community have called Senator Murphy’s legislation a model for national action. At their meeting, Chele Farley and Senator Murphy discussed these state initiatives and the opportunity to expand them nationwide.
“We’ve made tremendous strides in the fight against heroin and opioid addiction,” said Senator Murphy. “As someone who is deeply committed to solving this crisis, I believe Congress needs to do much more to ensure those struggling with addiction have access to the treatment and services they need. Chele is committed to delivering the resources we need to help families in our region win this fight.”
“Health care reform is at the forefront of the national agenda,” said Chele Farley. “This is a health crisis. Future health care reform efforts must ensure that those struggling with opioid addiction have access to effective treatment programs and help keep these powerful narcotics out of the hands of children.”
Chele Chiavacci Farley is a successful businesswoman, wife and parent who graduated from Stanford University with degrees in Industrial Engineering. She was the Republican, Conservative and Reform Party candidate for U.S. Senate in 2018. Chele is running for New York’s 18th congressional district, which includes Orange and Putnam counties and portions of Westchester and Dutchess counties.
Senator Murphy represented portions of Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties in the New York State Senate from 2015 through 2018.