Plumb Unveils Policy Priorities for Ending Our Opioid Epidemic
Elmira, New York – U.S. Navy Commander John Plumb, fourth generation Western New Yorker and candidate for Congress in New York’s 23rd District, announced his policy priorities for ending our opioid epidemic. Commander Plumb unveiled the platform in Elmira.
“I grew up in a small town and I know firsthand both the unique challenges our communities face and how capable we are of fixing tough problems when men and women all across the political spectrum work together. Ending the opioid epidemic is no different, and we need to work together to bring it to a halt before it harms our communities any further,” said Commander Plumb. “Because this epidemic is disproportionately affecting rural America, we need a plan that explicitly addresses the challenges unique to our rural communities, including the lack of substance abuse treatment facilities, limited law enforcement resources, and public awareness. My plan presents concrete steps Congress can take to address the opioid epidemic - steps designed especially for rural communities.”
Commander Plumb’s policy priorities for ending our opioid epidemic includes:
- Change our Approach to Pain Management: Emphasize policies and best practices that encourage necessary changes to how we handle pain management to lessen the number of patients who are introduced to opioids. This includes efforts to incentivize and promote the research and development of non-opioid pain killers.
- Effectively Treat Overdoses: Increase the availability of the medicine that reverses opioid-related overdoses and offer support for rural emergency response teams.
- Increase Access for Treatment & Recovery: Significantly expand access to treatment for those who are addicted by increasing the number of treatment facilities, creating incentives for qualified treatment centers to be established in rural communities, and using technology to help alleviate some of the barriers to access in rural communities.
- Crack Down on Illegal Drugs: Work to disrupt the spread of heroin, toughen penalties for synthetic drug manufacture and distribution, and target suppliers. Develop best practices and training unique to rural law enforcement, where distribution and trafficking can be harder to identify or intercede due to long distances and limited resources.
- Aggressive Media Campaign: Launch an aggressive media campaign to raise awareness, including campaigns designed specifically for rural communities, about the size and scope of the opioid epidemic to highlight the dangers of opioid use and provide information on how to seek treatment.
Here is a link to Commander Plumb’s full policy paper on “Ending Our Opioid Epidemic .”