Gardner Applauds Grant to Fight Opioid Epidemic in Colorado
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement that the Central Colorado Area Health Education Center will receive $123,853 through the Combating Opioid Overdose through Community-Level Intervention (COOCLI) grant program.
“This grant announcement is welcome news for a state that has been ravaged by the opioid epidemic,” said Senator Gardner. “In recent years Colorado has seen a devastating uptick in deaths from illegal substance abuse, including methamphetamines. We must address the rise of opioid and meth use around the country and provide new resources to fight back in our communities.”
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, funds provided under this award will support efforts to: 1) undertake research activities that entail implementing and evaluating community-based efforts to fight the opioid epidemic; and 2) support and promote the partnership of law enforcement and public health agencies, whose collaboration is critical to reducing overdose and other harms of opioid abuse.
Senator Gardner has made it a priority to fight the rise of opioids and meth in Colorado:
- Last week the Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved Gardner’s EFFORT Act, bipartisan legislation to support research on opioid addiction and treatment.
- Last month the U.S. Senate passed Gardner’s amendment to increase funding for the COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP) to $13 million.
- Last month Gardner introduced the Suspicious Order Identification Act, bipartisan legislation to leverage data to prevent drug diversion in real time.
- During his annual Colorado Farm Tour, Senator Gardner met with officials in rural areas who expressed their concerns over the rise of meth use in Colorado. Senator Gardner highlighted this on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
- In October 2018, the president signed a bipartisan package of bills Gardner supported to address the opioid epidemic. The package included Gardner’s Alternatives to Opioids in the Emergency Department Act, which is designed to reduce the amount of opioids being used in an emergency setting.
Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.
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