Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

 
 

The Opioid epidemic is destroying lives and undermining our communities in so many parts of the 9th District.  Drug addiction more broadly is making it harder for employers to hire qualified people.  As we tackle this critical problem, I will encourage effective approaches to both treatment and prevention, including models like the Partnership HealthPlan strategy in rural northern California which reduced the number of patients on dangerous levels of opioids by an astonishing 79% between 2014 and 2016.

I’ll also work for:

  • More treatment and rehabilitation and less incarceration
  • Training and support for local police, sheriffs and health care workers to more effectively address the crisis
  • Stronger penalties for pharmaceutical companies who promote overuse and unnecessary prescription of opioids