03.10.16

Gardner Applauds Passage of Drug Addiction Treatment and Prevention Legislation

Washington, DC: Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following the passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which promotes drug prevention and education programs, while also increasing treatment and recovery efforts to address the drug addiction crisis in America.

According to the Colorado Health Institute, Colorado’s drug-related deaths in 2014 averaged 16.3 per 100,000 residents, exceeding the national average of 14.7 deaths per 100,000 residents. Between 2002 and 2014, drug overdoses have climbed 68 percent in Colorado, and according to the Denver Post, every county in Colorado except Mineral County has witnessed an increase in drug overdose deaths since 2004. 

“As I travel throughout Colorado, I hear about the devastating impact heroin and opioid addiction has on families and communities across our state,” said Gardner. “From the Eastern Plains to the Western Slope, drug overdose deaths continue to rise. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act aims to address the drug addiction crisis and reverse this disturbing trend. A bipartisan, comprehensive approach supported by Colorado law enforcement, mental health providers, and addiction and recovery specialists, this legislation leaves behind the Washington ‘one-size fits all’ approach and encourages states to develop their own strategies to prevent, treat, and reduce this growing epidemic. This legislation is a step in the right direction, and will undoubtedly help Coloradans and Americans across the country who are struggling with addiction.”

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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 the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

 

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