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house Bill H.R. 953

Does There Need to be a Comprehensive Strategy for Addressing Opioid and Heroin Abuse?

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Dealing with opioid and heroin abuse requires a multi-faceted strategy — including preventive education, reforms for prescribing pain medication, and treating addiction. This bill does all that, and lays out a plan that involves stakeholders at the federal, state, and local level.

Laurie 's Opinion
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12/20/2015
All you have to know, is one woman who has lost a daughter or son to this addiction, to give you some perspective on this situation. Just one! My best friend has lost 3 of her 6 children to heroin. She should never have happened! In NYS there is little help. It is worsened by the fact that the police don't help, they use and abuse these children and young adults too. The situation is worse than most imagine........
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John's Opinion
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09/22/2015
Yes, and it needs to focus on drug addiction as a medical problem, not a legal one. End the "war on drugs" once and for all. It's not working. Why so many bills dealing with the same problem anyway?
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07/06/2016
Some form of decriminalization and regulation of heroin and other drugs is essential if we want to decrease addiction. We need to begin serious investigation of other strategies in use around the world that have shown positive results in decreasing addiction.
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Argument opposed

Opioid and heroin addiction are problems that can’t be sufficiently mitigated through the best efforts of stakeholders at the federal, state, and local level. The federal government would be better served to focus these resources on one aspect of the problem, like education.

vicratz's Opinion
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01/31/2016
Make it all legal and kill the drug lord's cash flow. Drug dealers and makers kill more people than their drugs do.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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11/09/2015
We shouldn't have to foot the bill for others' problems.
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SouthernGal's Opinion
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01/23/2016
Legalize marijuana and you'll find the opioid/heroin problem to be less of one.
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    Make it all legal and kill the drug lord's cash flow. Drug dealers and makers kill more people than their drugs do.
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    We shouldn't have to foot the bill for others' problems.
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    Legalize marijuana and you'll find the opioid/heroin problem to be less of one.
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    People know the risks and consequences - those that choose to partake should do so at their own peril. I'm tired of the tax payer being on the hook for others' stupid choices.
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    All you have to know, is one woman who has lost a daughter or son to this addiction, to give you some perspective on this situation. Just one! My best friend has lost 3 of her 6 children to heroin. She should never have happened! In NYS there is little help. It is worsened by the fact that the police don't help, they use and abuse these children and young adults too. The situation is worse than most imagine........
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    Yes, and it needs to focus on drug addiction as a medical problem, not a legal one. End the "war on drugs" once and for all. It's not working. Why so many bills dealing with the same problem anyway?
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    Some form of decriminalization and regulation of heroin and other drugs is essential if we want to decrease addiction. We need to begin serious investigation of other strategies in use around the world that have shown positive results in decreasing addiction.
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    All drugs should be decriminalized
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    Opioid and heroin addiction are problems that can’t be sufficiently mitigated through the best efforts of stakeholders at the federal, state, and local level. The federal government would be better served to focus these resources on one aspect of the problem, like education.
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    I'm all for creating a strategy for treating opioid and heroin addiction. But I think in dealing with complex issue would be better handled with a piecemeal process.
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    How about the Pentagon stops assisting opiate farmers in Afghanistan, and the cia stops importing heroin. It's not a coincidence that all the world's heroin comes from the tiny country we just had to invade.
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    Stop sending non violent drug addicts to prison, and help them instead. I am also very interested in reforming the way these things are prescribed.
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    Get it done
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    How about we fund rehabilitation centers and send users to them and have them work with psychologists to help them figure out their problems. All of that is cheaper than constantly jailing them.
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    They should start with regulating these pharmaceutical companies and doctors who are just as bad as any pusher on the street
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    Legalize cannabis
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    Without adding additional agencies to get it accomplished
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    just another failure of our war on drugs we can not give up
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    Stop turning addicts into criminals! We don't lock up cigarette smokers who cannot quit. Addiction is a medical problem.
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