WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) issued the following statement after the Senate passed S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. This bipartisan legislation expands drug prevention efforts, supports law enforcement, combats overdose, and expands access to treatment.
“It’s no secret that addictive substances like misused prescription painkillers or other illegal drugs like heroin and meth can have a devastating effect on people,” said Thune. “They tear apart families, crush hopes and dreams, and ruin lives. Tackling the drug epidemic from all sides – from helping the victims of addiction dealing with their disease to supporting the law enforcement officers fighting the traffickers who put these drugs onto the streets – is the only way we’re going to succeed.
“Though I’m thankful this important legislation passed the Senate, I’m disappointed Democrats blocked my amendments that would have benefited Indian Country. We must ensure that Indian Country is not forgotten, which is why I remain committed to finding a path forward to ensure our tribal citizens have greater access to these programs and initiatives.”