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Maloney introduces legislation to crack down on Internet opioid sales

MIDDLETOWN – Stephanie Keegan of Somers lost her son to opioid abuse two years ago while he was suffering from PTSD after serving in the Army so she is a strong supporter of new legislation being introduced by Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney to combat Internet drug sales.

Maloney and Keegan were joined by Middletown City Police top brass on Monday to emphasize the pervasiveness of opioid sales and abuse.

Daniel Keegan died on January 8, 2016 at age 28, two weeks before he was to start treatment with the VA. He waited for that treatment for 16 months, his mother said on Monday.

“Daniel used to tell me all the time that he was able to get his heroin ordered online with a credit card and Fedexed to his front door,” Stephanie Keegan said. “He was a young man with PTSD who never wanted to leave his house and never had to leave his house because these resources were so easily made available to him.”

Maloney’s legislation would have online opioid sales tracked so that a database could be compiled so federal authorities could go after them.

Middletown Police Chief John Ewanciw said his department does not have the resources to go after the drug epidemic on its own and that is why there is a need for all agencies to work together.


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