Poliquin Speaks at Heroin Task Force Briefing
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Maine’s Second District Congressman, Bruce Poliquin, joined his colleagues on the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, of which he is a founding member, to discuss the effectiveness of heroin treatment and to identify the best ways to combat the serious and growing heroin epidemic in our State. Congressman Poliquin offered two lines of questioning and remarks for the panel of experts, which included Dr. Jessica Peirce 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,” Congressman Poliquin said at the hearing. “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 frightening for me as a parent looking at this.”
Click here to watch yesterday’s briefing. Congressman Poliquin begins his first and second lines of questioning and remarks at 1:11:08 and 1:46:30 respectively.
“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,” Congressman Poliquin said following the hearing. “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.”
Since joining Congress, Poliquin has made it a top priority to use the full-weight of his Congressional Office to combat the growing heroin epidemic crippling Maine, including serving as an original cosponsor to the Cradle Act, a bill that would help the nearly 1,000 babies born addicted to heroin in Maine each year.
The Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic is a Congressional body chaired by Congressman Frank Guinta (NH-01)(R) and Congresswoman Anne Kuster (NH-02)(D) that aims to develop best practices and foster interagency collaboration to address this growing heroin epidemic.