Opioid Crisis: Trump, Gallant & Reed

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.”

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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.

 

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About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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12 Responses to Opioid Crisis: Trump, Gallant & Reed

  1. Arthur Ahrens says:

    Good Article—-

    Art’s unofficial Reed Vs. Democrats Publicity Tally For NY-23 since 11/9/2016

    Includes Town Halls, Television Appearances, Editorials, Press Conferences, Newspaper Articles

    Tom Reed 28 Democrats 8

  2. whungerford says:

    I have questions about the “opioid crisis:”

    Is legitimate use of pain killers accounted for properly?
    Is increased use of pain killers related to our aging population?
    How many of the reported deaths are suicide?
    What percentage of the drugs on the street are prescription drugs?
    To what extent do street sales depend on addicts?

    I wonder if this crisis is just a new manifestation of the “war on drugs.”

  3. whungerford says:

    Access to media is only one of many advantages incumbents enjoy.

    https://newny23rd.com/2017/06/04/three-false-beliefs/

  4. Arthur Ahrens says:

    In any competitive endeavor, chess / tennis / bridge, the trick is to neutralize any advantage the opponent enjoys.
    It is no different in politics.

  5. Arthur Ahrens says:

    Just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean that you are wrong.
    :))))

  6. whungerford says:

    Death rates for opioids and firearms are comparable, yet only one of these is said to be an emergency.

  7. Arthur Ahrens says:

    The electorate is less than enlightened (or interested)
    Sad.

  8. Arthur Ahrens says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if there were a robust Democratic presence in NY 23 to
    1. Issue a statement about Charlottesville
    2. Address Trump’s mealy mouthed reaction
    3. Address Reed’s thundering silence
    4 Congress is in recess. Where are Reed’s Town Halls?

    Art’s unofficial Reed Vs. Democrats Publicity Tally For NY-23 since 11/9/2016
    Includes Town Halls, Television Appearances, Editorials, Press Conferences, Newspaper Articles, Missed Opportunities

    Tom Reed 28
    Democrats 8
    Democrat Missed Opportunities 2 (1 each for Trump and Reed)

  9. Arthur Ahrens says:

    NOTHING from NY-23 DEMOCRATS tonight about TRUMP’s despicable comments about Charlottesville and REED’S support for TRUMP!

    ANOTHER MISSED OPPORTUNITY!!
    ——————————————————————————-

    Art’s unofficial Reed Vs. Democrats Publicity Tally For NY-23 since 11/9/2016
    Includes Town Halls, Television Appearances, Editorials, Press Conferences, Newspaper Articles, Missed Opportunities

    Tom Reed 28
    Democrats 8
    Democrat Missed Opportunities 4

  10. Arthur Ahrens says:

    Finger Lakes Times – Front page – 4 columns
    Reed Tackles Opioid Epidemic
    ———————————————–
    Art’s unofficial Reed Vs. Democrats Publicity Tally For NY-23 since 11/9/2016
    Includes Town Halls, Television Appearances, Editorials, Press Conferences, Newspaper Articles, Missed Opportunities
    Tom Reed 31
    Democrats 8
    Democrat Missed Opportunities 5

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