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Florida Congressmen Applaud HHS Sending Money to Sunshine State to Fight Opioids

April 21, 2017 - 9:15am
Gus Bilirakis, Ted Deutch and Tom Rooney
Gus Bilirakis, Ted Deutch and Tom Rooney

Members of the Florida delegation in the U.S. House applauded the U.S Health and Human Services (HHS) Department for sending $27 million to the Sunshine State to battle opioid addiction. 

On Wednesday, U.S. HHS Sec. Tom Price announced Florida will be getting $27 million to fight opioid addiction as part of a $485 million program under the “21st Century Cures Act.” The funds will be administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and, according to HHS, “funding will support a comprehensive array of prevention, treatment, and recovery services depending on the needs of recipients.”

In an email to Sunshine State News on Thursday night, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., said the money was needed and noted that South Florida was seeing an increasing number of deaths due to opioids. 

"Additional resources to amplify the fight against opioid addiction couldn’t come to our state soon enough, especially in South Florida,” Deutch told Sunshine State News. “Overdose deaths in Broward and Palm Beach Counties doubled last year, averaging one every 15 hours. If we don’t invest in prevention, treatment, and recovery now, we will continue to see addiction take a devastating toll on our communities."

Deutch, the top Democrat on the U.S. House Ethics Committee and the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, wasn’t the only congressman from Florida to cheer the news. 

“Getting a handle on the opioid epidemic is going to need hard work from federal, state and local officials,” said U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., on Thursday. I am pleased to see everyone channeling their efforts and appropriate funding to face the issue with a comprehensive approach. I am hopeful that together we can make strides to save lives.”
Rooney has been pushing for a federal crackdown on fentanyl in recent years and his  “Comprehensive Fentanyl Control Act” won the support of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) on Thursday. 

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., was instrumental in getting federal funds to battle opioids in the “21st Century Cures Act” and he weighed in on Thursday.  

“The opioid crisis is not only a national epidemic, it’s happening here in our local communities,” Bilirakis said. “We must take action as opioid-related deaths continue to rise across the board in Florida, regardless of race, age, income, or zip code. This critical grant will support an all-hands-on-deck approach in our state to curb opioid abuse and save lives.”


More evidence of the positive impact of the "Trump Effect" Florida can take advantage of if local and state politicians get out of their own way and welcome the opportunity the Trump Agenda policies are starting to provide to help the people of Florida. Trump is keeping his promises. Now, it is up to state and local officials to PRODUCE positive results out of the increase in funding. We must see a drop in illicit drug use, prescription drug abuse, and lots of success stories coming out of our drug rehab programs. Get rid of the government red tape and reorganize departments (drain the swamp) with the aim to produce results. And...produce them NOW! The best way to get elected to office or re-elected in the Trump years is to produce positive results for constituents. No one will remember if you are a Republican or a Democrat politician when election times roll around. Voters will only remember who helped or didn't help their community prosper.

Rep, Deutch (noted): "South Florida seeing an increased number of deaths due to opiods"...) Deutch, Rooney, and Bilirackis, ALL south Florida Representatives (or "lawyers without portfolios" if you will), ARE TELLING ALL OF FLORIDA of the "weaknesses" of south Florida occupants "leaning towards" ever increasing 'drug use', and pandering for an ADDITIONAL 27 $MILLION$ Federal Taxpayer money (part of 485 $MILLION$ Taxpayer dollars in the "21st Century Cures Act") to "HOLD BACK THE TIDE".... C'mon Folks, this is a case of panderers pandering "more Tax money!", "More Tax money!", "More Tax Money!", "GIMMEE!", "GIMMEE!", "GIMMEE!".... WAKE's more than "time" for a separate Florida STATE, so those people can satisfy their urge to "go to Hell in the fashion of their own choosing"...without all of us "paying for their "trip".... {Just for 'info' purposes: 485 $million$ Taxpayer dollars divided by 50 STATES comes to almost TEN $MILLION$ Taxpayer dollars APIECE for EACH State!!!!... and these three "pettifoggers" want an ADDITIONAL 27 $MILLION$??????????? OF OUR MONEY??????...There must be SOME BIG HUGE DRUG PROBLEM down there in "south" Florida..... That certainly doesn't bode well for "tourism" & "crime" down there .....(Same thing happened in Puerto Rico over the last three decades of so.... and "south" Florida already has a "head start" on THAT "stat"......)

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