“Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016”.
Introduced on 4/25/16 by Mr. James Sensenbrenner [R-WI-5] with co-sponsors Ms. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX-18], Mr. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA-6], Mr. John Conyers [D-MI-13], Mr. Steve Chabot[R-OH-1], Mr. Tim Ryan [D-OH-13], Mr. Randy Forbes [R-VA-4], Mr. Mike Bishop [R-MI-8], and Mr. Frank Guinta [R-NH-1], Mr. Vern Buchanan [R-FL-16] and Mr. Lamar Smith [R-TX-21]. The bill was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. On May 11, 2016, the related Resolution 720 passed the House.
Purpose: To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to authorize the Attorney General to make grants to assist State and local governments in addressing the national epidemic of opioid abuse, including:
1. enhancing collaboration between criminal justice and substance abuse agencies;
2.developing, implementing, or expanding programs to prevent, treat, or respond to opioid abuse
3.training first responders to administer opioid overdose reversal drugs; and
4.investigating unlawful opioid distribution activities.
The problem with this bill is that it just sends good money after already spent money that doesn’t get near the actual cause of drug abuse and addiction, and does not offer a cure or treatment that works for a decent percentage of cases. Until the legislature accepts the real cause of drug abuse and addresses that in grants and treatment programs, there is no use in creating these worthless programs. For example, RDAP (Residential Drug Abuse Program) is a program currently pushed in the FBOP (Federal Bureau of Prisons). It does nothing to treat addicts and most of them are, soon after release, returned to the prison system. Many of them that I knew swore that the first thing they were going to do upon release was to get a hit of their drug of choice.
The bill also authorizes DOJ to award grants to state, local, and tribal governments to establish or expand programs for veterans, but the same reasons exist for rejecting this part of the bill as well.
The Bill recommends drug courts and treatment programs instead of incarceration which is good. But they need to understand that the traditional treatment programs do not get to the cause of the addiction, and therefore have no chance of a reasonable level of success.
The bill provides for training and resources for first responders for use of an opioid overdose reversal drug. This has become the government’s #1 response for the high numbers of drug overdoses—simply apply a Band-Aid with a reversal drug. What we need is the cure for the addiction.
And then authorization of appropriations allows for $103,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021. That’s a lot of money down the drain. They would have more success in treating addiction if they took that money and created jobs for the jobless in poor communities.
You can show your legislators how you feel about these bills by using the website https://www.countable.us/ or using the app https://appsto.re/us/_bYr1.i. Basically, if it is a bill about opioids, vote NO! There is really no redeeming value to any of these bills as far as using opioids responsibly goes. The legislature is working off an agenda of “Blame the pill” when it isn’t the pill’s fault.
Write to your Congressmen and tell them to vote No to this Bill. Stop it from becoming law. Pass the word to your friends through FB, twitter and email.
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