The Heroin Epidemic is Harming People Everywhere

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Heroin and opioid addiction is affecting families, friends and communities everywhere. This is a drug that does not discriminate against age, gender, or culture. My children are growing up during this drug epidemic and I don't want them witnessing people dying over something that could be prevented. If we had the right resources to help grasp this addiction epidemic, I believe we could help the addicts. Bill HR 4447, The Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act may be able to do just that. This bill will help fund The Department of Health and Human Services and The District of Justice so they can help provide the addicts with the proper treatment and resources they need. The bill can also provide educational programs for drug prevention.

 According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, there were 3,383 deaths caused from overdoses in Pennsylvania in 2015; that is 23.4 percent more than in 2014, and that number is expected to climb in 2016 as well.  With the death rates climbing each year, I think it is important to try and find ways to help fight against this addiction epidemic that not only our city, but our whole country is dealing with. I have seen close friends and family members lose their lives to heroin. I have children, and do not want them growing up and witnessing classmates and friends dying from this. If we, as a community, state, and country don’t get a grasp on this epidemic, I fear that may happen.  As a student in the social work field, this bill can help me provide more support groups and treatment facilities for addicts and their families.  

I urge people to get on board and try to help anyway possible. This bill will not only benefit us now, but also the next generation. I don’t want our new generation growing up and starting down the addiction path as so many adolescents did in my generation. 

 



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