Opioid settlement $ must be locked in
New York state received more than $32 million from the opioid settlement with McKinsey & Co.
The funds were intended for use to combat the opioid epidemic in New York – services for prevention, treatment, harm reduction and recovery. Guess what happened? Two-thirds of the money went into New York’s general fund and the remaining one-third paid for medication-assisted treatment in our state prisons, at the same level as the previous year.
So, not only were the bulk of the funds diverted for other purposes, but what was used supplanted existing state funding.
New York will be receiving additional settlement dollars — dollars that need to be allocated to recovery services to benefit residents struggling with addiction and seeking recovery. Our citizens, our children, desperately need these services.
Additional opioid litigation settlement dollars must be placed in a lock box and dedicated to substance use recovery programs and services. OASAS must be consulted for direction on the use of the settlement dollars, as they have the experience and knowledge to administer the proceeds benefiting those most impacted by substance use disorder.
We cannot allow the settlement dollars to supplant existing recovery service funding or to be utilized to cover gaps in the general state budget.
There is a crisis at hand, and the state has a moral imperative to direct these settlement dollars to recovery services, in an effort to give better access and hope to those who struggle with addiction and those that love them.
Stefanik has done right by veterans
Rep. Elise Stefanik is best for our vets. Many of you already have some idea about Elise’s record of results for veterans and troops.
She has recovered thousands upon thousands of benefits for NY-21 veterans. She worked with President Trump to drastically improve the quality of care the VA provides. She successfully protected Fort Drum from sequestration, and more recently has positioned Fort Drum for a new missile defense installation.
Elise has not once taken a vote against our troops and vets, nor once taken a vote that weakens this great nation’s national security.
For all of this, I’d like to thank Elise. As a veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps, I would like Elise to know that many of us have been watching her, and know she’s done a great job
I know she will take this same pro-America, pro-vets mindset with her into leadership of the Republican Party. This is a good thing for our troops and for our nation. It’s time we have leadership again who really cares for our troops and vets and will get busy working to improve their healthcare, benefits — and also the security of our country.
Feature excluded Blacks, Mt. Pleasant
Very nice memories in The Gazette’s May 24 “Capital Region Scrapbook” page from every high school EXCEPT Mont Pleasant.
Also, every picture shows smiling teens EXCEPT the African-American couple.
Gazette, you can do better.
Diane Sanders Hombach
Be specific when using critical labels
In the movie, “Ship of Fools,” one character announces, “I’m not anti-Semitic; I love Arabs.”
It’s a nice point: all those Palestinians, pretty much, are Semitic.
Samaritans (Israelites of old, and still despised by Judeans) are Semitic. Arabs are Semitic. Egyptians are Semitic. And so on.
In short, the term “anti-Semitic” is so broad a term as to be meaningless.
If we are going to speak abusively of people, shouldn’t we find more clearly identifying labels?
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