Thune Welcomes Comprehensive Bill to Tackle Opioid Epidemic

“Tackling the drug epidemic from all sides – from helping the victims of addiction dealing with their disease to supporting the law enforcement officers fighting the traffickers who put these drugs onto the streets – is the only way we’re going to succeed.”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, issued the following statement after the Senate passed S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). This bipartisan legislation expands drug prevention efforts, supports law enforcement, combats overdose, and expands access to treatment.

 “It’s no secret that addictive substances like misused prescription painkillers or other illegal drugs like heroin and meth can have a devastating effect on people,” said Thune. “They tear apart families, crush hopes and dreams, and ruin lives.

 “I’m thankful the Senate rose above politics and passed this important legislation, because tackling the drug epidemic from all sides – from helping the victims of addition dealing with their disease to supporting the law enforcement officers fighting the traffickers who put these drugs onto the streets – is the only way we’re going to succeed. This comprehensive, bipartisan bill is yet another sign that the Republican-led Senate is working for the American people.”     

 

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