ALBANY — Brooklyn State Sen. Martin Golden apologized on Friday for controversial remarks he made this week that opioids are not “a ghetto drug.”
“To anybody who was offended by my alternative of phrases relating to the heroin and opioid disaster going through our state, I sincerely apologize,” Golden, a Republican and former metropolis cop, mentioned in a late-afternoon assertion.
“Whereas my phrases weren’t articulated clearly or correctly, the purpose I used to be making an attempt to make was that this disaster is affecting just about each group all through New York State, the place it’s tearing aside households and leaving devastated moms and dads to mourn the lack of their stunning and harmless kids,” Golden continued. “We can not proceed to permit that to occur.”
In feedback printed by the Brooklyn Day by day Eagle, Golden expressed alarm concerning the opioid disaster and mentioned “it is not a ghetto drug. It is taking place to medical doctors’ children.”
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Critics, together with a number of Democrats, mentioned the feedback had been racist and instructed that just some opioid-stricken communities merited concern.
In his apology, Golden mentioned he was dedicated to “working with everybody” to deal with opioid disaster.
“Within the weeks and months forward, it’s extra necessary than ever that we work collectively to root out the heroin and opioid epidemic wherever it exists,” Golden mentioned “Each area, each metropolis, each neighborhood.”