Vern Buchanan: 'Congress Must Take Swift Action' Against Heroin
Noting the rise of heroin use in Florida, on Friday, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., showcased his support for drug education and treatment.
“Drug addiction is a growing crisis that destroys families and lives every day here in Florida," Buchanan said. "It requires a serious and comprehensive solution."
Buchanan noted his support for the “Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act” and the “Stop Abuse Act" which funds drug education, creates grants for state and city governments and for non-profits to help treatment, creates a federal task force combating prescription drug abuse and coordinates law enforcement efforts.
Pointing to the rise in heroin-related deaths in Florida-- from 48 in 2010 to 447 in 2014--Buchanan insisted America is facing an “epidemic.”
“The growing heroin addiction epidemic has touched far too many people and overwhelmed our local emergency rooms and law enforcement agencies,” Buchanan said. “We can’t turn a blind eye to this emergency as we lose more of our loved ones and heroin continues to flood our ports and the southern border. It’s clear Congress must take swift action to counter this public health crisis.
“We have to be creative and aggressive in addressing this crisis,” Buchanan added.
Manatee County Sheriff W. Brad Steube and Sarasota County Sheriff Thomas Knight praised Buchanan’s efforts on the matter.
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