WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTNH) — Thursday morning, Congresswoman Esty (D-CT 5th District) announced that she has partnered with the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic.
On October 7th, U.S. Representatives Frank Guinta (R-NH 1st District) and Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH 2nd District) announced the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic on October 7. Promising to work to address the nationwide public health crisis surrounding heroin addiction the task force will, Guinta states, “actively seek ideas to help Americans of every class and ethnicity to resist and recover from heroin.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that Americans addicted to opioid painkillers are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin. Furthermore, nearly 100 percent of heroin users have tried one other or, more likely, multiple other drugs. Over the past decade, heroin use has increased among every demographic, and doubled among young demographics, including young families.
Congresswoman Esty has been following this issue closely prior to her joining the task force. In early October, Esty helped to introduce the Opioid Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (H.R. 3677) to battle heroin abuse. She has engaged civil leaders and law enforcement officials in Connecticut cities, hosting several round-table discussions. She has listened to concerned citizens across Northwest Connecticut. According to her office, these interactions have “ignited Esty’s determination to address this pandemic through federal legislation.” Esty elaborates,
“We must do more to confront this public health crisis that devastates communities in Connecticut and across the Northeast. That’s why I have joined this bipartisan task force to focus on solutions and coordinated efforts to stop this growing epidemic.”