Take Action to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

The opioid crisis is much larger than what is caused by the street sales of narcotics. It is largely the result of misuse of prescribed highly addictive synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and oxycontin, and while law enforcement plays an important role, it is first and foremost a public health epidemic. We all have a loved one who suffers from its effects. It’s an equal opportunity destroyer and people at all socioeconomic levels are impacted.  

As your Representative I will fight for adequate funds and resources for addiction treatment. We must hold enablers, be they street narcotics dealers or physicians who write improper prescriptions, criminally and civilly accountable. We must address the issue posed by drug companies who refuse to acknowledge or take ownership of the impacts of their highly addictive products. Regarding treatment, I support further exploration of the State of Vermont’s hub and spoke approach, and suggest that the costs of necessarily intensive addiction treatment be defrayed through the legalization and taxation of cannabis.