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  • DRUNK DRIVING
  • MARIJUANA
  • DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT
Winning Issue » DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT


Critics of the War on Drugs claim not enough resources are used to counter the main reason for our drug problem -the demand for illicit drugs. Health advocates say that like alcoholism, drug addiction is a disease. They claim prison is no cure for millions of American drug users, nor is it the end of their addiction problems. They also claim that compared to incarceration, treatment for drug addiction is much cheaper and has more long-term benefits for both drug addicts and society. It could be said the demand for certain illicit drugs wax and wane over time and that methamphetamines and prescription pain killers are now the current scourge. In 2008, 13 million Americans over the age of 12 were reported to have used methamphetamine and more than 500,000 of those people were regular users. In 2007, nearly 5% of American high-school seniors and 4% of tenth-grade students reported using methamphetamine at least once in their life. Self-reporting by older methamphetamine users show many of these addicts first abused cocaine before switching to meth. Those suffering from this insidious addiction often fall into a vicious cycle of crime that includes DUI arrests, suspended driving, resisting arrest, battery, burglary, receiving stolen property and probation violation. This list does not include the many health problems suffered by meth addicts.

The abuse of and addiction to opioids including heroin, morphine, and prescription pain relievers has also become a serious problem. In 2012, it was estimated that more than 2 million Americans were addicted to prescription opioid pain relievers. In addition, at least 465,000 people were also hooked on heroin. Since 1999, the number of unintentional overdose deaths caused by prescription pain relievers has more than quadrupled. In 2011, there were 260,000 emergency room visits related to heroin overdoses, an increase of 60,000 over 2005. In 2013, the number of deaths caused by prescription pain killers was 16,235 while fatal heroin overdoses numbered 6,235. Advocates say that preventing drug abuse will require a multi-faceted strategy, including educational outreach programs and more substance abuse treatment facilities and treatment options.


Pending Legislation:
S.524 - Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015
S.1431 - Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 2015



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current drug addiction treatment policy and wish to defeat S.524 - Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 and S.1431 - Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support authorizing the Attorney General to award grants to address the national epidemics of prescription opioid abuse and heroin use; developing best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication; making grants to eligible entities to expand educational efforts to prevent abuse of opioids, heroin, and other substances of abuse, understand addiction as a chronic disease, and promote treatment and recovery; enacting prevention efforts focused on teenagers, young adults, and college students, including the development of a national digital campaign; a community education toolkit for use by community coalitions; evidence-based resources for prevention and treatment professionals targeting individuals who are between 18 and 24 years of age; authorizing technical support centers for prevention and treatment professionals, elementary and secondary school-based professionals, and college-based professionals, including recovery staff, to implement and sustain evidence-based educational and prevention programs, and wish to pass S.524 - Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA) and/or Sen. Sheldon Whitehorse (RI), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support awarding grants to states and nonprofit entities for consumer education about opioids and methadone abuse, training requirements for those who prescribe or dispense methadone or other opioids, and requiring registered opioids treatment clinic to make acceptable arrangements for each patient who is restricted from having a take-home dose of a controlled substance related to treatment to receive a dose of that substance under appropriate supervision when the clinic is closed, and wish to pass S.1431 - Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT) and/or Sen. Joe Manchin (WV), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support authorizing the Attorney General to award grants to address the national epidemics of prescription opioid abuse and heroin use; developing best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication; making grants to eligible entities to expand educational efforts to prevent abuse of opioids, heroin, and other substances of abuse, understand addiction as a chronic disease, and promote treatment and recovery; enacting prevention efforts focused on teenagers, young adults, and college students, including the development of a national digital campaign; a community education toolkit for use by community coalitions; evidence-based resources for prevention and treatment professionals targeting individuals who are between 18 and 24 years of age; authorizing technical support centers for prevention and treatment professionals, elementary and secondary school-based professionals, and college-based professionals, including recovery staff, to implement and sustain evidence-based educational and prevention programs, and wish to pass S.524 - Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA) and/or Sen. Sheldon Whitehorse (RI), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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April 2, 2020
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April 15, 2020
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