Drugs and Opioid Addiction
After decades of progress made against drug abuse, opioid addiction is now epidemic. Heroin use nearly doubled from 2003 to 2013 and overdose deaths from prescription painkillers and other opioids have quadrupled. Montgomery County alone had 253 overdose deaths in 2016. Philadelphia has some of the purest and cheapest supply of heroin in the nation. This has been an epic failure by local politicians and State Representatives, who all seem to claim opioids as a top issue.
We will fight this problem by attacking the root of the opioid epidemic by supporting alternative treatments for pain management and by funding better education and rehabilitation efforts to reduce demand. We should be treating addiction like a disease and applying the appropriate remedies. We must reduce the amount of heroin entering our country by better securing our borders.