Lead bipartisan effort to combat growing epidemic of drug abuse
Washington, DC -- In an effort to combat the growing problem of drug abuse and addiction around the world, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA -45) and Congressman Patrick Kennedy (RI-01) today introduced H.Res.1451, a bipartisan resolution praising the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
"Drug abuse and addiction is costing the lives of far too many young people around the world," said Bono Mack. "We need aggressive domestic and international efforts that raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse and put more emphasis on prevention and treatment. It is through our combined, aggressive efforts that we can end the cycle that is destroying communities and families across the U.S. and the globe.
"Drug abuse, and the violence that accompanies drug trafficking, persist as a detrimental force in our communities because our efforts to combat it have focused on the supply rather than demand," said Kennedy. "We need to emphasize prevention and treatment over incarceration, rehabilitating individuals so they can contribute as productive members of society instead of spending millions to lock them away."