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Audio from Albany: Avi Israel

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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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

tprecious@buffnews.com


Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

@jillterreri | jterreri@buffnews.com


Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

@JerryZremski | jzremski@buffnews.com

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