Poliquin continues push to end heroin epidemic

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) joined his colleagues on the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic on Monday in a discussion of the effectiveness of heroin treatment and how to identify the best methods of combating the heroin epidemic in Maine.

Poliquin, a founding member of the task force, presented two lines of questioning and remarks for a panel of experts that included Dr. Jessica Pierce of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Wilson Compton of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and Dr. Melinda Campopiano of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

“All of us parents throughout the country — at least I can speak for myself — are scared to death about this issue,” Poliquin said. “I don’t know a family in our Second District of Maine that has not been affected by drug abuse, alcoholism, or know someone or some family that hasn’t been. This is a very, very serious issue and it is freighting for me as a parent looking at this.”

Combatting the growth of the heroin epidemic in Maine has been one of Poliquin’s main goals since he joined Congress. He also served as the original cosponsor of the Cradle Act to aid the approximately 1,000 babies born each year in Maine addicted to heroin.

“I applaud the work that this Congressional task force is doing in finding the most effective ways to curb the alarming and growing trend of drug addiction in our Great State and our country,” Poliquin said. “As a founding member of this body, I will continue to investigate the heroin epidemic and work with my colleagues, Republicans and Democrats, in reducing heroin use nationwide.”

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