U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton penned an opinion piece for the Montrose Daily Press on the battle to end opioid addiction.
Interestingly, it says nothing about creating public injection centers for the illegal use of heroin or other opioids. Not a word about enabling addicts’ use of dangerous drugs.
Instead, Tipton lays out the federal government’s efforts under both Trump and Obama to end addiction and put drug dealers behind bars.
Since 2016, Colorado has received more than $15 million in grants for opioid dependency treatment. Another law recently signed by President Trump will fund overdosing drugs for administration by first responders, and increased law enforcement activities to catch synthetic drug runners at the main point of entry, the southern border. The bill also expands Medicare coverage to treatment and services of addiction.
Again, no mention of legalizing centers where addicts can get high with the assistance of medical nurses.
Here’s what Tipton had to say about the opioid resistance effort:
“The opioid crisis is a multifaceted issue, and no one approach will bring it to an end. We must advance policies that facilitate prevention education and effective treatment, ensure law enforcement has the tools it needs to respond to bad actors trying to bring dangerous opioids across U.S. borders, and support health care professionals in their work to decrease prescribed addiction.”
The vast majority of Americans don’t support the backdoor legalization of opioids by creating injection sites like the proposal just approved by the Denver City Council.
We expect to see an even greater backlash when the state legislature takes up the measure again, which was defeated in the last session by Republicans.