Group calls for drug council

GLOVERSVILLE — Neighborhoods Against Drugs, a social action and empowerment group that fights the heroin and opioid epidemic, has proposed the city re-establish an active Narcotic Guidance Council as described in City Code, Chapter 38.

In a letter sent Nov. 20, to Mayor Dayton J. King, the Rev. Henry McGrath, executive director of NAD, proposed that the “narcotic council” be reinstated, redeveloped and activated to take a proactive role in not only advising city government but in educating the public.

“This crisis we face in our city, county and state is equal to terrorism in my opinion,” McGarth said in a news release. “We are at war with money hungry, cold-hearted, inhumane scoundrels and agents of the devil who push products knowing full well it kills. Heroin, opioids and synthetics like fentanyl are killing our youth. The dealers of these products create a form of terrorism and their crime should be deemed a violent one in the state of New York. Creating this council would give us a proactive tool.”

McGrath said in the release that with a proactive Narcotic Guidance Council in the city of Gloversville would be able to obtain drug prevention coalition support, state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services support and funding from state and federal agencies to help combat this epidemic and “empower our residents.”

The Narcotics Council, as described in the city code, would be made up of five members and its purpose is described in the following:

∫ Make immediately available to the community, basic knowledge acquired in the field of drug use especially by youth.

∫ Create a climate in which persons seeking assistance in coping with narcotics problems can meet, without embarrassment, with responsible individuals or agencies in a position to render assistance.

∫ Authorize persons approved by the Narcotic Guidance Council to contact and counsel persons within the community suspected of using narcotics or those persons allegedly having knowledge of such usage.

∫ Cooperate with state, county and federal narcotics commissions and agencies in bringing local and community trouble areas to their attention.