September 3, 2020 Press Release

OPIOID OVERDOSES ON THE RISE IN NY-21, STEFANIK LIES ABOUT RECORD


OPIOID OVERDOSES ON THE RISE IN NY-21

STEFANIK LIES ABOUT RECORD

CANTON—Last week, the Jefferson County Public Health Department issued another warning on the dangers of opioids after four overdose deaths rocked the county in 24 hours. This marks a tragic milestone for the county, which has seen 21 overdose deaths this year. This comes on the heels of Elise Stefanik’s national speech at the RNC, where she made no mention of the crisis or her plan to help solve it. This isn’t the first time Stefanik has abdicated her responsibility on this issue in favor of her corporate donors. In August of 2019, an Oklahoma judge ruled that Johnson & Johnson, an opioid maker and contributor to Cong. Elise Stefanik, recklessly marketed opioids to healthcare professionals. In October of 2019, a group of top donors to Cong. Elise Stefanik’s campaign, including McKesson, Cardinal Health, and AmerisourceBergen, settled a $260M lawsuit after two Ohio counties claimed these pharmaceutical distributors and Stefanik donors played a role in the deaths of 400,000 people between 1997 and 2017.

“Families in Northern New York are struggling to combat addiction,” said Cobb, “Northern New York has some of the highest opioid death rates per capita in the state. Yet, Stefanik continues to side with the drug manufacturers that fund her campaign, instead of supporting families who are desperate for help.”

Lifetime, Stefanik has accepted over $50,000 from opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Stefanik twice voted against training healthcare navigators to better inform consumers about addiction recovery services. When asked about the vote at a town hall, Stefanik lied to constituents. 

“I have spent 30 years in this district fighting for affordable, quality healthcare for all Northern New Yorkers,” said Cobb. “Meanwhile, Elise Stefanik has spent her time in Washington looking for ways to take it away. Drug manufacturers who have profited from massive suffering don’t deserve a political voice–but struggling families do.”

 

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