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AGs Support Federal Legislation to Combat Epidemic of Heroin Addiction and Prescription Drug Abuse

Washington, DC---The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter to congressional committee leaders today in support of a federal bill that would give states the necessary tools to more effectively confront the epidemic of heroin addiction and prescription painkiller abuse in communities. More than 100 Americans die as a result of overdose in this country every day—more than half of them caused by prescription drugs or heroin.

“Law enforcement has always been on the frontline when it comes to drug crises, but we cannot arrest ourselves out of the current epidemic,” reads the letter signed by 38 attorneys general from the states and the District of Columbia. “Research shows the best way to address this challenge is through a strategy that includes prevention, law enforcement, reduction of overdose deaths, evidence-based treatment, and support for those in, or seeking, recovery.”

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (S.524/H.R.953) has such a strategy and can reverse current trends if passed.

Today’s NAAG letter was sent to the leadership of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Committees on the Judiciary. It can be found here.

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