"The opioid situation is a massive public health and public safety crisis that is having tragic consequences - destroying individuals, families, and communities.
"There are many dimensions to the problem and many causes, including loose prescribing practices by physicians, aggressive marketing practices by drug companies and distributors, a failure to invest in smart public and mental health care interventions, failure to support law enforcement and first responders against the challenges they face dealing with this each day and night, failure to invest in research to mitigate the addictive nature of these drugs, and a failure to implement real economic development strategies in communities that have been economically dislocated.
"I have supported and will continue to support specific changes to laws and additional investments to combat this national state of emergency - a long list of actions. But we must remember, it is critically important that we take steps to allow good paying jobs to be created in communities so that people can earn a good living and support their family. This, together with improvements in public health, mental health, public safety, and improvements in prescribing and marketing practices, will end this crisis across the long term."
Source: Candidate's Facebook Page 2017