We all know someone who has experienced the trauma of the opioid epidemic first-hand, if not within our own families.

Our district is experiencing the trauma of the opioid epidemic like so many communities across America. We have to address this issue head-on and treat it as the public health crisis that it is, not as a criminal issue.

We keep hearing empty promises like Trump’s Public Health Emergency Declaration, which has done nothing to open new sources of funding to states affected by the crisis.

We have to address this issue head-on and treat it as the public health crisis that it is, not as a criminal issue. To do this, we must support our local health programs that are doing great things to address this issue, like Chatham Cares 4 U.  

One of the greatest hurdles our first responders and community health centers face is allocating adequate funding to treatment and recovery. Our fellow Americans are living in a vicious cycle of despair and need our help.

We must:

  • Expand state grants for combating the crisis
  • Put limits and regulations on opioid prescriptions
  • Hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for deceptive marketing practices