It is critical that Congress do more to combat the opioid epidemic, especially in our home state of Kentucky where we suffer from the fifth highest overdose mortality rate in the nation. That’s why I’ve supported:
- The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act to empower our communities and law enforcement fight the opioid epidemic. This legislation included my bill, the CAREER Act, which addresses the decline in workforce development by encouraging local businesses and treatment centers to form partnerships to secure job training, employment, and housing options for individuals in recovery.
- Increased resources for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program and helping several Sixth District counties obtain HIDTA designations.
- The University of Kentucky’s PATHways/Beyond Birth Team secure a $4.9 million federal grant.
- The Chrysalis House’s grant application, which secured $2.6 million to provide services to pregnant and postpartum women and their children.
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