The sad truth is, nearly all of us in PA District 6 have lost someone to the opioid epidemic, or know someone who has. Opioid addiction doesn’t discriminate. This isn’t a Republican or Democrat issue. It’s OUR issue, and it’s high time we do something about it.
There are two sides of the problem we need to tackle. First, we need to stop the flow of heroin and fentanyl into our country. Southeast Pennsylvania has become ground zero of the opioid epidemic. Right now, the heroin being trafficked in Philadelphia is among the purest and deadliest in the country. Securing our borders will go a long way to keeping these dangerous substances away from Dist. 6.
The other side of this issue is rehabilitation. Right now, the average rehab facility in our region sees a success rate of only 18-20%. We need to adopt programs and strategies used by rehabilitation facilities in neighboring states that see success rates of 88-90%. Congress should make it a priority to identify successful rehab programs and apply those models to the rest of the country.
If we take this issue seriously we can provide real support to those struggling with addiction and save our PA6 neighbors, friends, and loved ones from this crisis.