"I am directing the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Department of Corrections and Community Supervision' Office of Special Investigations to investigate a toxic substance that was found in the mailroom at Clinton Correctional Facility today. Exposure sent 11 employees to the hospital.
"While testing is ongoing, it is believed that this substance is fentanyl.
"Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids have sparked a public health crisis that continues to ravage our communities and takes countless lives. This year I proposed banning fentanyl analogs, along with other synthetic opioids, and making them subject to the same criminal charges as other controlled substances. Additionally, I proposed expanding access to medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction in hard to reach communities.
"The investigation into this incident continues, but one thing is clear: We must stamp out this fentanyl scourge before it claims another life."