Philly GOP Statement: Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week

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During Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week We Reaffirm Our Commitment to The Health & Safety of Philadelphia’s Communities, As Well As To Our Candidate For DA, Beth Grossman.
President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed September 17th through September 23rd, 2017, as a time to “draw renewed attention to the scourge that continues to devastate individuals, families, and communities across our Nation.” Beth Grossman is the only candidate for DA qualified to continue the fight on a local level.
PHILADELPHIA– September 21, 2017–According to WhiteHouse.gov, approximately 64,000 Americans died last year of drug overdoses in the United States, the majority of them from opioids. According to official statistics released on Phila.gov, during the same time period in Philadelphia, there were a recorded 907 deaths resulting from this type of drug abuse. Opioids were once again responsible for the majority of deaths locally, found in more than 80% of cases in 2016.
“With such a serious threat to all of our nation’s communities looming, setting aside a time to draw attention to this crisis is crucial. Also crucial, to this effort are the leaders we elect to deal with this crisis on a local level. Mayor Kenney and Larry Krasner choose to ‘resist’ the President’s efforts on a national public health crisis, as neither has mentioned anything about the White House’s initiative this week. Beth Grossman has addressed the epidemic head-on from the start. The obvious axiom here is Larry Krasner has spent his career defending criminals, while Beth Grossman has spent her career prosecuting them and working to help get treatment to people battling addiction as well as clean up drug-infested communities,” said Michael Meehan, Chairman of the Republican Party of Philadelphia.
Grossman’s official platform on this topic, listed on her website (friendsofbethgrossman.com) includes a focus on “prosecuting large-scale narcotics traffickers and medical professionals who operate ‘pill mills’,” which would be a major step in stemming this epidemic. Beth is also committed to “work with the Pennsylvania Legislature to address prescription amounts and limitations.” She opposes a silo approach and in her essay entitled, “March in Black: Philadelphia’s heroin and opioid problem is both a public health crisis and a criminal justice issue,” explains that while addicts need comprehensive rehab programs, not simply punishment, those who contribute to the crisis as large-scale distributors should be aggressively investigated and prosecuted. Beth further believes in devoting adequate prosecutorial attention and resources to combating the violent and property crimes that accompany drug abuse, such as the burglarizing of homes when addicts seek funds to fuel their addictions.
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