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senate Bill S. 1925

Should States be able to Use Opioid Addiction Treatment Grants for Cocaine & Meth Addiction Too?

Argument in favor

Substance abuse is a rising problem across the country. Methamphetamine, cocaine and psychostimulant use are all on the rise, and states need additional federal funding to meet this challenge. They also need greater autonomy to spend funds as needed to adapt to changing conditions on the ground.

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08/07/2019
We need to work on all substance addiction.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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08/07/2019
Substance abuse is substance abuse. Help people that need help.
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K.d.'s Opinion
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08/07/2019
These drugs are all highly addictive. Why split hairs when funding treatment?
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Argument opposed

The State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant program already gave out $1.4 billion in FY2019 and if the program needs to be extended the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) will make that request. This legislation is premature — additional funding for SOR grants shouldn’t be appropriated until the results of the program’s FY2019 spending are better understood.

jimK's Opinion
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08/07/2019
This sounds good but runs counter to the basis of the legislated purpose of the funding allocation. This is how Congress loses control of the budget. If the legislature ‘sells’ the need for funding to address some politically sensitive issue, that funding should be directed to that issue alone. Adding nice-to-do related items after the fact simply adds funding allocations to continue and expand all the nice-to-do stuff in the future. So, Nay. If other drug related programs are needed, legislate changes to the legislation that currently allocates funds to address these issues. ... Also, I personally feel that the opioid crisis was oversold to the public and I feel that budgetary allocations are greater than needed. There now are strong controls and criminal charges against those who abuse availability of these drugs. This monitoring and enforcement greatly limits availability of opioids and these should address most of the problem. Weening those addicted to opioids out of their addiction is certainly warranted but the budget for this alone seems excessive to me.
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doingmypart's Opinion
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08/07/2019
Expand grants to include all other addictive substances, including but not limited to meth, cocaine, alcohol, tobacco along with any other addictive substances. We need to start treating addiction as a mental healthcare issue and stop inhumanly imprisoning people turning them into real criminals without providing a path for recovery.
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08/07/2019
No. Allocate additional, separate money for treatment of these other drug addictions. Do not detract from treatment of opioid addictions.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedJune 20th, 2019
    We need to work on all substance addiction.
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    This sounds good but runs counter to the basis of the legislated purpose of the funding allocation. This is how Congress loses control of the budget. If the legislature ‘sells’ the need for funding to address some politically sensitive issue, that funding should be directed to that issue alone. Adding nice-to-do related items after the fact simply adds funding allocations to continue and expand all the nice-to-do stuff in the future. So, Nay. If other drug related programs are needed, legislate changes to the legislation that currently allocates funds to address these issues. ... Also, I personally feel that the opioid crisis was oversold to the public and I feel that budgetary allocations are greater than needed. There now are strong controls and criminal charges against those who abuse availability of these drugs. This monitoring and enforcement greatly limits availability of opioids and these should address most of the problem. Weening those addicted to opioids out of their addiction is certainly warranted but the budget for this alone seems excessive to me.
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    Substance abuse is substance abuse. Help people that need help.
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    Expand grants to include all other addictive substances, including but not limited to meth, cocaine, alcohol, tobacco along with any other addictive substances. We need to start treating addiction as a mental healthcare issue and stop inhumanly imprisoning people turning them into real criminals without providing a path for recovery.
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    These drugs are all highly addictive. Why split hairs when funding treatment?
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    Addiction is addiction. It doesn’t matter what substance a person is addicted to, if they need help then help them
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    Fund treatment, not prison! Turning addicts into criminals does nothing to fix the problem and only increases the profits of billionaire's for-profit prison system.
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    No. Allocate additional, separate money for treatment of these other drug addictions. Do not detract from treatment of opioid addictions.
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    This is not a proper function of the federal government. Stop with the central government redistribution. Cut taxes and allow states to deal with their own problems, they will do a better job.
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    Yeah, why not? Same disease, different drug. What’s the difference between helping those who are addicted?
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    Yes! Its not about the drug, it's about the disease of addiction & saving people's lives! The Congress/Senate should be at fault in the whole process too! it is THEY who give these corporations the rights and laws to make their LEGAL VERSIONS OF DRUGS. Q: What do you think Adderall is? A: It is legal METH! Q: What do you think Marinol is? A: It is legal marijuana(THC) 😜!!DUH!!😜 Why do you allow a corporation to make a profit off of what you deem as harmful? You money grubbing sacks of sh.., who couldn't help yourselves from taking pay-offs and deals with offshore bank accounts😉 You who serve in those positions ARE why America is now what I call a Corporatocracy. We are ran and ruled by THE ONES WHO OWN THE PROXY OF THE CORPORATIONS, and no longer the people of this Great Nation. You're offspring WILL find this stuff out and you'll no longer be looked up to, you'll be looked at and down upon as traitors, who'd sell the health and probably their Soul for a price and did. So, when any funds are available to help anyone afflicted by the disease of addiction... JUST maybe you'll join them in their meetings.. but I don't think that spineless is a disease after all... Isn't it now😉 PuffPuffPass💨💨😎✌🏼
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    It makes sense that we should help people regardless of what drug they are addicted to.
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    Legalize recreational marijuana at the federal level and watch addiction to serious, harmful drugs plummet. Cannabis is medicine.
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    Absolutely. Addiction is addiction.
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    Meth and Heroin addicted people deserve help and they are getting some help through grants of their own and the opioid group also deserve help, but to make the opioid grants get spread that thin by mixing the two together is completely opposite of what should be done.
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    Got my wife off opiates with cannabis and cannabis concentrations. Cost about $2k. Cheap to save a life. Other chemical addictions can be treated with ketamine, also very cheaply.
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    Yes. We need to take money away from needless military spending and start drug/rehab clinics. We can do a lot with a lot of that money the military spends on useless contracts.
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    Yes, addiction is addiction.
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    No, maybe. I am conflicted with this bill. On the one hand, we need to take care of all drug abuse, but I would also like to believe that our congresspeople looked into the need and sized it for the problem. (I know, how naive). I would like to see the problem resolved explicitly.
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    Yes
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