GLENN YOST, CANDIDATE FOR STATE ASSEMBLY 62ND DISTRICT, UNVEILS FIVE POINT PLAN TO ADDRESS THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC
Staten Island, NY: Glenn Yost, candidate for State Assembly in the 62nd district unveiled a five point plan to address the opioid epidemic in Staten Island. Yost served as an undercover narcotics officer and was credited with over 500 buy and busts that resulted in the arrest of predatory drug dealers.
“We live in a society that liberally uses chemicals to enhance our mood and mask pain. Patients from age 4 to 104 can get a prescription for a pill to control their mood or make them feel better, but when those pills fall into the wrong hands, it’s a prescription for disaster.
“As an undercover narcotics officer, I have seen every side of the illegal drug industry and I can tell you with all certainty that drug dealers have too many options when it comes to getting their products into the hands of our children. If we are ever going to truly win the war on drugs we need to adopt a complete, common sense agenda.”
Yost calls the agenda C.O.R.E.E. It includes:
Coordination among City, State and Federal elected officials to adopt a comprehensive agenda to reduce access to dangerous drugs.
Oversight by the FDA to direct pharmaceutical companies to educate physicians and the public about the addictive nature of certain drugs through a warning pamphlet and to be clear about dosage to avoid over prescribing.
Rehabilitation should include post rehabilitation stays at sober living facilities to give addicts the tools they need to live drug free; Fast track licensing for Intensive Outpatient Treatment facilities. Currently New York requires approximately 1 year review of application. New Jersey requires 6 months and Florida 6 weeks.
Educating school age children with age appropriate literature, films and activities to teach them the difference between drugs they may be prescribed and other drugs that are harmful to them; use existing and recovered addicts, police officers, educators and students as a focus group to ensure the message is being delivered in the best way it can be received.
Enforcement should include understanding the difference between drug addicts who need rehabilitation and drug dealers who are predators and should be jailed. Drug addicts are compelled by their disease to use any drug available. Drug dealers prey on addicts. Commuting a drug dealer’s sentence to rehabilitation is just adding more customers to his/her rolodex; providing additional funding for narcotics officers commensurate with the epidemic in the precinct.
Said Yost, “There is no easy answer when it comes to winning the war on drugs, but adopting an agenda and coordinating efforts will put us closer.”
Said Steve Margarella, Recovery expert and founder of the “Margarella Method to Recovery, “Finally someone has thought through the problem and will consolidate the efforts of all the agencies that can reach out to our youth.”
Said Candice Crupi, a Staten Island mother who lost her son Jonathan to addiction, “I’ve lost many loved ones to overdoses. I lost my son four years ago. All the things that Mr. Yost talks about makes so much sense, and I hope it works out because it’s not getting any better. Not many people are paying attention to the numbers of lives lost each year. Tonight is our annual candlelight vigil to bring awareness to the problem of drug addiction. I urge everyone to join us at the South Beach parking lot at 7 pm to remember those we’ve lost.”
Said Barry Crupi, Candice is my mother. My brother Jonathan died of a drug overdose years ago. Myself, I’ve been 8 years sober. I know basically every aspect of drug use and what an overdose is and what it looks like. It’s not pretty. What I love about Glenn Yost’s plan is the before care. You don’t wait until the person dies to realize they had a problem with alcohol or drugs. I was using myself for 18 years. In the beginning, it was just normal usage, then it just takes over. We have to remove the stigma. You’re not a bad person because you use drugs or alcohol. The education shouldn’t start once you’re addicted. It has to start young, I’m not going to wait until there’s a problem.”
Candice Crupi, who lost her son Jonathan to addiction talks about the need for awareness as from (L to R) Glenn Yost, Lenny DeRoma, son, Barry Crupi and Kevin Hartnett listen
Recovery expert and local businessman, Steve Margarella talks about C.O.R.E.E.