June 06, 2018    

Diehl Announces Plan to Fight Drug Addiction

Comprehensive and Compassionate Plan = Hope

Lawrence, MA … Today, Representative Geoff Diehl, candidate for U.S. Senate, announced his comprehensive and compassionate plan to fight the drug addiction epidemic, calling it simply “Hope.”

“I am here in Lawrence not to play the blame game. I am here, where the epidemic has robbed so many people of their lives, to tell them that there is hope. We can fight this epidemic and win,” said Diehl. “As your next United States Senator, I will put in the long hours working with the good people of Lawrence and the other communities ravaged by this epidemic. My focus will be to win this life and death battle — not selling books or building a national profile. Moreover, I will make Daybreak a top priority in helping Lawrence.”

Lawrence is one of the many communities that have experienced a tremendous loss of life. In 2012, there were only 6 opioid related overdose deaths. In 2016, it grew to 46. In 2010, Lawrence patients in treatment for heroin abuse was 39 percent. In 2015, 63 percent of patients had a heroin abuse problem.

Warren has failed to be a leader in fighting the drug epidemic. Not only did she vote against the 21st Century Cures Act that supplied Massachusetts with $12 million for treatment and prevention, but she lobbied against the legislation. She was the only member of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation to vote against the law.

“Senator Warren has spent more time on late night shows in LA than in Lawrence. Our next Senator must be a hands-on leader in stopping substance abuse that is killing too many of our children, parents, friends and neighbors. Unlike the incumbent, I am not going to ignore the problem for years. I will get to work on day one. That’s why I have developed this comprehensive plan,” said Diehl.

Diehl’s plan increases access to treatment, works to introduce alternative pain management solutions, modifies medication prescribing practices, supports community health education initiatives and ends the flow of illegal opiates into the United States.

Diehl recently rode along with Massachusetts State Police Officers in the Gang Unit division to see firsthand what they encounter on a daily basis and what challenges they face in trying to combat gangs, drugs and violence in the Commonwealth.

“The ride-along was an extremely valuable experience allowing me to witness what dangerous work our police are doing every day and learn what I can do to help them get drugs and criminals off the streets. As a U.S. Senator, I will continue to do ride-alongs with our local law enforcement, so that I can make informed decisions on combatting the opioid crisis and public safety issues. Senator Warren has never taken the time out of her schedule to see what is happening on the frontline. Maybe if Warren thought she would get on the show “COPS,” she might make the effort.”

“The concerns of families and first responders will not fall on death ears. Whether it is stopping the flow of these drugs or getting access for treatment, I will be the Senator who will take action so communities have hope,” said Diehl.

Warren has no plan. Earlier in the spring she announced a bill for funding the opioid fight, but it is just an election year ploy attempting to cover up her terrible vote against the 21st Century Cures Act. If Warren had her way and defeated the 21st Century Cures Act, places such as the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, the Fenway Community Health Center, High Point Treatment Center, MGH, Stanley Street Treatment & Resources, the Brien Center, the Gavin Foundation, Boston Medical Center, the Gandara Mental Health Center, Advocates for Human Potential, the Berkshire Medical Center, the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Seven Hills Behavioral Health, and Tapestry Health Systems to name a few would not have received critical funds.

Warren’s failure to focus on substance abuse has not gone unnoticed. Last year, the New Bedford Standard Times pointed out that she posted 115 times on Facebook—101 posts were about Trump and not about heroin.

“Next November, voters are going to have an important choice to make. Do they want a Senator who doesn’t care or do they want a Senator who has a plan, workable solutions, and the hope for a better future?” said Diehl. “It is time for a Senator who will put people first and it starts with fighting this horrific epidemic.”