April 17, 2018

The Baltimore Sun: Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, Sen. Elizabeth Warren plan sweeping legislation to combat opioid crisis

With drug overdose deaths ravaging communities across the country, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Baltimore and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts are planning to introduce legislation Wednesday that would require $10 billion a year in federal funding to combat the opioid crisis.

Cummings and Warren are proposing a program — modeled on 1990’s Ryan White Act, which provided billions in federal money to combat the AIDS crisis — to address the drug overdoses which are claiming lives in record numbers. The program would send federal help directly to local and state governments to provide treatment services.
The two Democrats are planning to tour the states hardest hit by the opioid crisis to drum up support for what they’re calling the CARE Act, an acronym for the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency Act.

Read the full article on the Baltimore Sun website here.

By:  Luke Broadwater
Source: The Baltimore Sun