State Assemblyman John Lemondes has introduced a bill to establish and maintain a dedicated opiate addiction treatment facility, and to divert certain defendants in opiate-related criminal cases into treatment. This would improve access and help people struggling with addiction to avoid criminal records and receive needed treatments. Write to your representatives today and urge them to support this important legislation!
You can write your own letter, or simply copy and paste the following template and edit to add your own information:
Subject: <Please support Jessica’s Law/Bill A05855>
Dear <Assembly Member> <Last name>:
My name is <your first and last name> and I am a regional center consumer <family member/service provider/advocate/community member> who resides in your district. I am writing to you about Jessica’s Law, Bill A05855 sponsored by Assemblyman John Lemondes.
The opioid epidemic in New York has a devastating impact not just on addicts themselves, but on families and entire communities. I urge you to support this bill and help New Yorkers suffering from opioid addiction get access to the treatment they need.
<City, State, Zip code>
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