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house Bill H.R. 2480

Should the Feds Fund Efforts to Prevent Opioid-Related Child Mistreatment?

Argument in favor

The opioid epidemic has devastated families, causing cases of child maltreatment to spike in recent years. It’s important that the federal government funds programs to ensure children aren’t harmed due to their parents’ or caregivers’ addiction.

Trent's Opinion
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05/19/2019
Yes. Helping children .. or not helping children. Seems easy.
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Tess's Opinion
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05/19/2019
Of course-as long as we are proclaiming pro-life platitudes-this is paramount.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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05/20/2019
Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (Stronger CAPTA) I’m in strong support of and recommend the passage of the House Bill H.R. 2480 AKA the “Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (Stronger CAPTA)” which would seek to strengthen the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) to combat rising rates of child maltreatment due to the opioid crisis. This bill would provide strategic funding to build networks of prevention services to strengthen families to improve child protective services’ quality. The opioid epidemic has devastated families, causing cases of child maltreatment to spike in recent years. It’s important that the federal government funds programs to ensure children aren’t harmed due to their parents’ or caregivers’ addiction. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻HR.2480👍🏻👍🏻. 5.20.19.....
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Argument opposed

While it’s important to keep children from being harmed by their parents’ or caregivers’ opioid addictions, it’s also equally — if even more — important to address the opioid epidemic’s root causes. This bill only addresses a symptom of the opioid epidemic.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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05/19/2019
I appreciate the effort to try to reduce the abuse of children by their drugged out parents but I would be willing to bet there are just as many being abused by alcoholics or parents who are overwhelmed and never learned to parent. I would much prefer that monies go directly to Child Protective Services for the hiring and retention of caseworkers so that we might never again hear a story of how a child died because no one had checked on him/her in six months because they were short handed or didn’t think it was that bad. Using money for a symptom and not a cure is a poor investment and a waste of time helping only a limited number and class of children.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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05/19/2019
Like putting a bandaid on a bullet wound. Address the actual issue of addiction as a public health crisis and hire more caseworkers for Child Protective Services. This is not a issue that can be solved with platitudes. Put in some effort to make sure the laws have teeth, the services have funding and employees, and the treatment of addiction is at the forefront.
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I.Got.an.Idea...'s Opinion
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05/19/2019
We should provide more funding to Social Services departments and Child advocate agencies. Funds should be provided for all children of abuse or maltreatment, regardless of whether it is opioid-induced or other.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
    IntroducedMay 2nd, 2019
    The feds could both save taxpayer money and reduce opioid problems of all types by ending the failed war on drugs.
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    As long as kids who are mistreated by your everyday run of the mill shitty parents then yes, help all kids without question but selectively choosing a specific subset of neglected kids seems problematic. LIKE MY TAKE? GIVE ME A FOLLOW
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    Adverse Childhood Experiences impact health, behavior, and social consequence across the lifespan, increasing risk for the leading causes of death in the U.S. What is predictable is preventable, and legislation like this is a proactive initiative that has the potential to reduce the toll of childhood adversity.
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    Money won't make good parents.
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    This seems to be a wise step in protecting endangered kids.
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    And pay for it with the money taken from the corporations that started the whole depraved mess
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    This is another example of ways the extreme right can show they care about children...funding programs like these which will help kids who might be living in houses with a drug-addicted parent. What reason is there not to help these children?
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    Tax payers should not be funding this but rather big pharma like Purdue pharma. They’ve made hundreds of billions on the opioid crisis and need to pay it back.
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    Too much too late? Many people who have been paying attention do not trust the government with their children even if they are taking opioids. Not sure what this compromised government has in mind but if what has been going on at our southern border for several years (that commie dems have been fighting to keep going) is any indication I say keep authoritarian government away from our children however possible. Even if it means placing your child in another family members custody, temporarily, until parents have their life under the parents control.
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    There are already programs to stop child mistreatment. Please do not layer more Government on top of Existing programs as the funding ends up in needless and expensive duplication.
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    First of all, the feds don't find anything, the taxpayers do. Secondly, this is by only the wildest imagination a federal issue. This is a state issue. Third, child abuse and neglect is not isolated to opioid addiction, so why favor those children? Fourth, this is outside the proper roll of government, and is a problem best addressed by charity and philanthropy. Beaurocrats are not interested in helping children as much.
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    Invest more funds in to social workers. Children need protection from all forms of abuse!
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    If this helps to keep children safe, then yes. Read the fact sheet 👆 . I support this bill.
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    Yes. I support this proposal.
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    Close the barn after the horse gets out. There adequate laws and programs to deal with addictive victimization. There is no need to divert funding from these broader programs to cater to another micro-identified victim class
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    Eliminating two problems at once sounds good to me.
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    Why is this even a question? Of course! Since the Sacklers and their ilk were allowed to corrupt doctors into prescribing opioids to their and the Sacklers benefit, innocent children certainly shouldn't suffer!
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    This is something everyone should agree on.
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    What problem are you solving? There are a whole bunch of other priorities that need your attention before this one can be addressed. Democracy, healthcare, clean water and air and fair justice for all and protecting our democracy and election interference money and otherwise comes to mind.
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    While it’s important to keep children from being harmed by their parents’ or caregivers’ opioid addictions, it’s also equally — if even more — important to address the opioid epidemic’s root causes. This bill only addresses a symptom of the opioid epidemic.
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