Only 14 More Weeks With Congressman Faso

Welcome to the response to John Faso’s weekly newsletter “Work Week With Congressman Faso.”

Each week we will highlight what the Congressman is neglecting to tell his constituents, point out his inconsistencies and hypocrisies and show how he damages NY-19 with his devotion to Trump and the Republican Agenda.

Week Ending Aug 31

John Faso’s statements from his weekly newsletter are in red:

Synthetic Drugs Emerge to the Forefront of the Opioid Crisis

Just a couple grains — less than a pinch of salt even — can pretty much seal your fate.” This is how law enforcement approaches synthetic drugs such as fentanyl when it’s found on the street. Fentanyl is created in a lab, much of the time overseas, and can be fifty times more potent than heroin.

The United States Department of Justice recently announced indictments for two nefarious fentanyl producers in China who have exploited U.S. mail to flood American communities with synthetic drugs. Fentanyl is attributed to have caused 30,000 overdose deaths in 2017—twice as many as heroin, prescription opioids, and cocaine.

We must stop synthetic drugs such as fentanyl and its even stronger alternative carfentanil before they reach our communities. The STOP Act will strengthen enforcement by giving border agents the tools needed to identify and confiscate packages containing these synthetic opioids when they come into the country through international mail.

I’ve been a leading proponent of this bill and am proud of the progress we’ve made to construct a bipartisan and bicameral solution. I’m looking forward to it passing the Senate and being signed into law. The American people deserve no less.

Faso and Republicans make false promises to fight the opioid crisis

There you go again, Faso, bragging about how you’re helping us and expecting that we are too stupid or too uninformed to connect the dots.  Your Trump administration, after setting up an Opioid Commission to study the opioid epidemic last year and making some vague promises, has done almost nothing to combat this crisis.  The opioid epidemic is now the deadliest drug overdose crisis in US history.  Nearly 64,000 people died of drug overdoses in the US in 2016, and at least two-thirds of those deaths were linked to opioids such as fentanyl, heroin, and prescribed painkillers. The total drug overdose deaths were higher than the number of deaths linked to guns, car crashes, or HIV/AIDS during any single year in America.  And, like your president, you have gone counter to the recommendations of the Opioid Commission by asserting that our first priority is to get tough on drug traffickers.

Experts on opioid addiction deemphasize the role of the criminal justice system’s handling of drug traffickers, arguing that it has, historically, done a very poor job of dealing with drug epidemics, and that public health policies are a better fit.  This means more treatment (particularly medications like methadone and buprenorphine), more harm reduction (including better access to the opioid overdose antidote naloxone), fewer painkiller prescriptions (while ensuring the drugs are available to those who really need them), and policies that can help address the root cause of addiction (like mental health issues and socioeconomic despair) [vox.com 4/9/2018]  

Most importantly, the president and the Republicans in Congress have provided no new funding sources for meeting this crisis.  We need to free up billions of dollars for a comprehensive approach– including emergency response, addiction treatment and efforts to stop the flow of illegal opioids.  Finally, your president has proposed a budget that would limit access to opioid treatment options, undermine the office that coordinates White House drug policies, and cut $688 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

With little movement and fake promises from the Trump administration and the Republicans in Congress, why should we believe anything you say?  You don’t fool us, Faso.

That’s it for this week’s rebuttal.
To be continued next week….

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