Combating the drug epidemic

Assemblymember Marie Waldron
AD-75 (R)

Last week I participated in a prescription drug abuse forum at Valley Center High School. Representatives from North County Mental Health, the Sheriff’s Department, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the F.B.I. discussed this growing problem.

My initial experience with this issue was during my involvement with the San Diego County Opioid Task force as a Escondido City Councilmember earlier this decade. As a parent, I was shocked to learn about drug abuse in young people, how to recognize it and what to do about it. This information must be available to all parents.

In this regard, I introduced AB 182, the Heroin and Opioid Public Education (HOPE) Act, requiring the State Department of Health to develop a comprehensive education program on heroin and opioid abuse to help the public identify danger signs and find the resources to get needed help.

Each October my office participates in Red Ribbon Week, which seeks to educate children about the dangers posed by illicit drug use and the “Just Say No to Drugs” campaign. Thousands of elementary and middle school students throughout the 75th Assembly District receive Red Ribbon certificates from me each year encouraging them to live drug free lives.

I am also participating on the coordinating committee of a five-year Stanford Neurosciences Institute initiative to share ideas between scientists and policymakers focused on drug addiction. This national initiative tasks members to develop plans to provide ongoing advice and guidance to maximize the effectiveness of the latest research on public policy.

These are just a few small steps in the ongoing struggle against drug abuse. Helping to save just one person will make the effort worthwhile.

3 Responses to "Combating the drug epidemic"

  1. Ray (the real one)   November 3, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Thank Moonbeam, the liberals and the Marley’s for this problem. Way to go folks

  2. Manny   November 4, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    As a parent with a family member undergoing rehabilitation for heroin addiction, I pray that your efforts are able to help others avoid the disastrous effects of illegal drug use. Would never have imagined how pervasive heroin use is in our community until it showed up under our roof. There is a clear and present danger here in Fallbrook that must be dealt with immediately. Please continue your efforts on prevention and especially on holding the scumbags who peddle this poison accountable. They are the lowest of the low and need to be dealt with accordingly.

  3. Ray (the real one)   November 7, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Prevention begins at home and in one’s inner self. Nobody put the needle in their arms or the pipe in their mouths.


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