The following is a Press Release from congressional candidate Rick Gallant:
CORNING, N.Y. – While addressing the media at the clubhouse of his private golf resort, President Trump laid out his solutions for addressing the nationwide opioid epidemic: “We can keep them from going on [drugs] and maybe by talking to youth and telling them, ‘no good, really bad for you in every way,’ but if they don’t start, it will never be a problem.”
Democratic congressional candidate Rick Gallant issued the following response:
“With the opioid epidemic intensifying and more than 140 Americans dying each day, we must do better than this. If ‘just say no’ were an effective strategy, we wouldn’t have the crisis we see today.
Addiction requires long-term and affordable treatment; it won’t be solved with a 28-day stay in a rehabilitation center. We need stronger oversight on the distribution of prescription pharmaceuticals. Our law enforcement community is strained by the resources exhausted trying to address the crisis. Proposed Republican cuts to Medicaid would only make a bad situation worse by further reducing the resources available to deal with this crisis.”
Although Gallant pointed out President Trump’s short-sightedness on the epidemic, we need to review how Rep. Reed stands on the Opioid issue. In 2016 Reed had two Opioid press releases. In September Reed announced that “Reed Stands with Victims” by acknowledging the increase opioid deaths from 2013 to 2014 and that he is proposing the Help Ensure Lives are Protected (HELP) Act. Less than three weeks later, in another press release, Reed: Jutice for Victims, echoes the first press release.
The Summary of his Help Ensure Lives are Protected (Help) Act states, in full:
This bill amends the Controlled Substances Act and the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act to impose a criminal penalty of life imprisonment or death on a person who commits a violent drug offense involving a specified quantity of: (1) heroin that contains a detectable amount of fentanyl, or (2) fentanyl that is represented to be or sold as heroin.
The HELP Act, was introduce and was sent to committees and like 99.96%* of his proposed bill, died there. Although he has shown some concern about the crisis at Town Hall Meetings, still he is all talk, no action.
*According to Congress.gov, Reed has proposed 127 bills, and 5 have made it out of committees.