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house Bill H.R. 6029

Should the DOJ’s Opioid Abuse Grant Program be Reauthorized & Tripled in Size?

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Reauthorizing and increasing the size of the DOJ’s opioid abuse grant program will improve drug treatment and addiction prevention efforts while enhancing relevant training for first responders.

Dara's Opinion
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06/12/2018
Until we can come up with something better this is a start. This problem was created by big pharmaceutical companies pushing the medical profession to prescribe these cheap drugs. The pharmaceutical industry should be financially responsible for pushing these drugs.
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Joel's Opinion
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06/13/2018
Dear Operaman; How do opioids work in the brain? Opioids attach to receptors in the brain. Normally these opioids are the endogenous variety that are created naturally in the body. Once attached, they send signals to the brain of the "opioid effect" which blocks pain, slows breathing, and has a general calming and anti-depressing effect. The body cannot produce enough natural opioids to stop severe or chronic pain nor can it produce enough to cause an overdose. opioids can activate receptors because their chemical structure mimics that of a natural neurotransmitter. This similarity in structure "fools" receptors and allows the drugs to lock onto and activate the nerve cells. Although these drugs mimic brain chemicals, they don't activate nerve cells in the same way as a natural neurotransmitter, and they lead to abnormal messages being transmitted through the network. Opioids target the brain's reward system by flooding the circuit with dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter present in regions of the brain that regulate movement, emotion, cognition, motivation, and feelings of pleasure. The overstimulation of this system, which rewards our natural behaviors, produces the euphoric effects sought by people who misuse drugs and teaches them to repeat the behavior. Our brains are wired to ensure that we will repeat life-sustaining activities by associating those activities with pleasure or reward. Whenever this reward circuit is activated, the brain notes that something important is happening that needs to be remembered, and teaches us to do it again and again, without thinking about it. Because drugs of abuse stimulate the same circuit, we learn to abuse drugs in the same way. The movie, “Basketball Diaries” gives an Portrayal of the addictive effects of opioids.
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Freyja's Opinion
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06/13/2018
Drug courts are far more effective in helping addicts than traditional punitive measures.
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Argument opposed

Renewing and increasing the size of the DOJ’s opioid abuse grant program won’t have a worthwhile impact on combating the opioid epidemic.

Seth's Opinion
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06/13/2018
This would not be an effective measure. The best way to combat the opioid addiction epidemic is to start by legalizing cannabis at the federal level and the immediate release and expunging of records for anyone convicted of non-violent drug crimes, ensuring affordable quality healthcare is available and imposing financial burdens on both the pharmaceutical companies manufacturing and the physicians over-prescribing them.
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Dave's Opinion
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06/12/2018
How about we tax the crap out of the doctors, hospital, middle man and drug companies (mainly the pushers) for causing this problem, instead of rewarding them! Obamacare was trying to address the drug problem on many fronts, Trumpdon'tcare took effect.
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JTJ's Opinion
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06/12/2018
This problem is not going to be solved by throwing more money at it.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
  • The house Passed June 13th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJune 7th, 2018

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    Until we can come up with something better this is a start. This problem was created by big pharmaceutical companies pushing the medical profession to prescribe these cheap drugs. The pharmaceutical industry should be financially responsible for pushing these drugs.
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    This would not be an effective measure. The best way to combat the opioid addiction epidemic is to start by legalizing cannabis at the federal level and the immediate release and expunging of records for anyone convicted of non-violent drug crimes, ensuring affordable quality healthcare is available and imposing financial burdens on both the pharmaceutical companies manufacturing and the physicians over-prescribing them.
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    How about we tax the crap out of the doctors, hospital, middle man and drug companies (mainly the pushers) for causing this problem, instead of rewarding them! Obamacare was trying to address the drug problem on many fronts, Trumpdon'tcare took effect.
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    This problem is not going to be solved by throwing more money at it.
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    Dear Operaman; How do opioids work in the brain? Opioids attach to receptors in the brain. Normally these opioids are the endogenous variety that are created naturally in the body. Once attached, they send signals to the brain of the "opioid effect" which blocks pain, slows breathing, and has a general calming and anti-depressing effect. The body cannot produce enough natural opioids to stop severe or chronic pain nor can it produce enough to cause an overdose. opioids can activate receptors because their chemical structure mimics that of a natural neurotransmitter. This similarity in structure "fools" receptors and allows the drugs to lock onto and activate the nerve cells. Although these drugs mimic brain chemicals, they don't activate nerve cells in the same way as a natural neurotransmitter, and they lead to abnormal messages being transmitted through the network. Opioids target the brain's reward system by flooding the circuit with dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter present in regions of the brain that regulate movement, emotion, cognition, motivation, and feelings of pleasure. The overstimulation of this system, which rewards our natural behaviors, produces the euphoric effects sought by people who misuse drugs and teaches them to repeat the behavior. Our brains are wired to ensure that we will repeat life-sustaining activities by associating those activities with pleasure or reward. Whenever this reward circuit is activated, the brain notes that something important is happening that needs to be remembered, and teaches us to do it again and again, without thinking about it. Because drugs of abuse stimulate the same circuit, we learn to abuse drugs in the same way. The movie, “Basketball Diaries” gives an Portrayal of the addictive effects of opioids.
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    Isn't opiate abuse self-induced? If addicts of alcohol or nicotine habits can quit by focussing their minds, your opiate addiction is limited by you your willpower.
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    Once again, those who live irresponsibly are relying on those of us who live responsibly, to pay for the results of their poor choices. A moral hazard created by the bailout mentality, “you are not responsible for your choices therefore it’s not fair that you should suffer their consequences.”
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    Drug courts are far more effective in helping addicts than traditional punitive measures.
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    Let me check Article 1 Section 8 of the greatest document ever authored to see if researching addiction at the expense of the taxpayer is a power expressly granted to the government. Oh yeah, didn't think it was.
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    This one’s a no- brainer. Not only does the funding need to be reauthorized and increased, but increased dramatically with a refocus on treatment using a co-occurring disorders model.
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    Stop throwing money at problems.
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    It’s not the end all answer but our tax money is being spent on all kinds of ridiculous things so at least this gives some to a problem. To those of you talking about alcoholics and cigarette smokers etc. , this epidemic isn’t even in the same category. A well meaning fellow citizen went to a doctor with a health problem. The well meaning doctor learned in school that they can help their patient not to suffer in pain. The patient trusts the doctor. The doctor trusts their education. Their education that taught them the lies the pharmaceutical companies fed them. Our fellow citizen, who fell off a ladder at work and broke their ankle is now in a cast and has been given a prescription. Our fellow citizen takes the medicine according to the directions & three days later, two weeks later, whatever time frame you want to use, now has a brain that won’t allow them to function because all the greedy brain wants to think about is more medicine. Their brain makes them ask the doctor for more medicine. Eventually, the doctor won’t give them anymore medication because their wound has healed. But now our fellow citizens brain has been turned into a monster who won’t stand for that! So our fellow citizen eventually buys medicine from a “friend who didn’t use all of theirs.” Our fellow citizen takes the medicine to quiet their insufferable brain. And then our fellow citizen dies because the medicine they took was laced with Fentanyl. Regardless of who is to blame, our Mothers, Teachers, Idols, Children & Neighbors are DYING. Leaving behind a a trail of destruction, orphaned children, devastated spouses & broken communities. We all know what we’re putting ourselves at risk for when we drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes, these patients did not. This crisis needs more money. The money should be used to open more mental health facilities, rehabs, train more counselors that our country is in desperate need of. The money should be used for Narcan, & legalization of Marijuana ( I myself am not a par taker, but I believe the science), and to take care of all of the damn children in Foster care due to their parent dying or being incarcerated. The money should be used to sue the hell out of the companies that knew it was dangerously addicting & still proclaimed it wasn’t. The opiod crisis is killing us all, in one way or another. It’s created a lack of employees, parents, teachers, neighbors & apparently by the comments on this post, empathy, understanding & compassion.
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    Sorry. This is a no-brainer.
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    The opiod crisis needs to be addressed more heavily than it is now
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    The key step to solving the opioid crisis is improving the operations of pharmaceutical companies. New pharmaceutical funding guidelines would eliminate the need for crooked practice to increase revenue. I do support government spending in this pursuit but not in the way outlined currently.
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    Drug courts solve the problem better than criminal courts do. Addiction is only solved with support and understanding. Punishment doesn’t work. We need to fund treatment programs, but we should be careful to make sure we fund programs with a good track record.
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    This needs to happen
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    Yup
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    How do I explain to conservatives like operaman and others that you should care about your fellow humans? Addiction is a disease. It’s not a matter of willpower. It’s like saying “Just stop having cancer, if you had more self-control you wouldn’t have gotten cancer.” That’s how cruel that argument is. If you call yourself a Christian, have some compassion. Matthew 14:14. When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.
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    Hasn’t the opioid epidemic been getting increasingly worse? Tripling the grant money won’t do anything to combat this issue. EMT training and all that only goes so far. You still ultimately use Narcan to bring them out of the OD which is made by the same company that creates some of the products these people are dying from! Increasing the budget will only do what it’s been doing already with these programs. These corporate drug pushers will just further raise the cost of both the drug that’s causing the ODs and increase the cost of the drug that reverses it. Either way they will get their money, don’t make it easier for them.
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