As part of a regular weekly feature on the Politics Now blog, Tom Precious of The News' Albany Bureau posts an audio interview with a newsmaker from the Capitol.
ALBANY – The morning after a deal was struck on legislation to crack down on a growing epidemic of prescription painkiller addictions, Avi Israel, whose drug-addicted son killed himself last year, was not beaming.
But Israel, standing this morning outside the Capitol office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who was the first statewide official to push for a solution, appeared as content as he has in the past year since his son, Michael, died after years of a prescription drug addiction.
Israel, a North Buffalo resident, was one of the citizen lobbyists who pushed officials here to get a deal creating a “real-time’’ database reporting system that doctors and pharmacists will have to check before prescribing certain kinds of drugs with addiction issues.
In an interview, Israel, who wasn’t active before in politics, talks about the path that led to Tuesday’s agreement, the need for the new system and other changes needed for New York and other states to address what health officials have described as an epidemic of people addicted to prescription painkillers. And he describes his son, a young man who killed himself a year ago Monday.
Listen to an interview with Avi Israel:
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