Overcoming the Opioid Crisis
With an average of 13 overdoses per day, the opioid epidemic is the worst public health crisis in Pennsylvania. In 2017, nearly 5,500 Pennsylvanians lost their lives to drug addiction—more than any other state. Across the Commonwealth, mothers, fathers, siblings, and friends wake up each day bearing the heaviest of burdens—wondering if their loved ones will be able to get the help they need, or fall victim to the nondiscriminatory disease of addiction.
As your representative in Congress, I will make combatting the opioid crisis a top priority. Time is of the essence. We must invest in prevention; we must promote evidence-based rehabilitation over ineffective incarceration; and we must crack down on those who incite and profit from this crisis, whether they be drug pushers or drug companies. Partisan politics will not do; instead, we must treat opioid addiction as the public health crisis that it is and fight for the resources that our communities need to save lives.