Bono Mack Supports Increasing Education and Awareness of Illicit Drug Abuse
In continuing with her effort to increase awareness and educate the nation on illicit drug abuse, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) cosponsored, along with Congressman McNerney (D-CA), the Methamphetamine Education, Treatment and Hope Act, H.R. 2818. The measure passed the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote.
"Millions of Americans are facing the devastating impact of substance abuse and addiction every day, whether personally, in their families or the community. This alarming reality makes it abundantly clear that we need a renewed effort that focuses on addressing this problem on all levels--we need to invest in education, treatment and early detection if we want to end this cycle that is destroying so many lives," stated Bono Mack.
The Methamphetamine Education, Treatment, and Hope Act would require for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the primary health care providers and professionals within the addiction field to come together and raise awareness about recognizing the signs of a substance abuse disorder and applying practices for screening and treating individuals with, or at-risk for developing, an addiction to drugs. The measure would also provide programs to treat substance abuse for pregnant and parenting women, including treatment for addiction to methamphetamine, outpatient treatment services, and referral for dental services.