DOYLESTOWN, PA – Brian Fitzpatrick, candidate for Congress and certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), released the following statement Friday praising the passage and signing of theComprehensive Addiction Recovery Act (CARA) – groundbreaking legislation aimed at addressing America’s heroin and opioid addiction epidemic:
“There is little doubt that drug addiction is anything short of an epidemic. From the abuse of prescription medication to the continued rise in heroin and opioid use, this crisis is a national problem with local implications.
I applaud the House and Senate’s bipartisan work on this groundbreaking legislation – including efforts to treat addiction like the disease that it is, and modernizing programs and grants to truly tackle this issue. But this bill cannot be the end of our efforts. More funding is needed to address critical shortfalls in education, treatment and recovery programs. Likewise, Washington must remain committed to providing federal, state and local law enforcement and first responders all the tools they need to win this fight in communities across the country – including Bucks and Montgomery counties.
The passage of CARA shows how Congress and the executive branch are supposed to work: Identify a problem, work together on a solution, enact policies that address it. That’s the process we followed at the FBI while working to protect the nation, there’s no reason we should expect any different from our lawmakers. If elected to Congress, that’s the problem-solving attitude and experience I’ll bring day one.”
Reports released this week show that drug deaths rose 23% in Pennsylvania over the last year, including an uptick in Bucks County. Eight of every 10 fatal drug overdoses involved heroin or prescription drugs.
Brian Fitzpatrick is a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s Eight Congressional District. He is a Levittown native and lives in Middletown Twp. Learn more atwww.brianfitzpatrick.com