ANDOVER, MA – Underscoring that “opioid-related deaths are preventable,” Democratic congressional candidate Dan Koh today announced a detailed policy proposal to combat the opioid epidemic. Koh’s plan focuses on investing resources on the ground for education, prevention, intervention, treatment, and rehabilitation services. Later today, Koh is also planning to meet with administrators and tour the facilities at Lowell House, an addiction treatment and recovery center.
“The opioid epidemic is tearing apart families and devastating our neighborhoods,” stated Koh, “Just this past weekend, there were 20 overdoses in Greater Lowell. We need to push forward a proactive agenda and tackle this public health crisis head on. Constituents deserve to know how policymakers will actually deliver results. That’s why I am proud to announce this comprehensive, substantive plan to address the opioid epidemic.”
The full policy proposal is available at koh2018.com/opioid-platform. Highlights from the plan include:
- Promoting youth education initiatives about the dangers of opioid addiction
- Improving prescriber training programs to reduce over-prescription
- Supplementing federal funding to increase the availability of Narcan
- Expanding access to medication-assisted treatment
- Strengthening public health programs that simultaneously address both opioid misuse and mental illness
- Increasing data availability and data sharing between states
“Opioid addiction is treatable, and opioid-related deaths are preventable,” said Koh. We have an opportunity and obligation to protect our communities. Addiction does not care if you are on the left or the right—we all know someone impacted by this epidemic. We must fight back now and enact practical solutions.”
About Dan Koh
A native of Andover of Korean-Lebanese descent whose great-grandparents came to Lawrence over a century ago, Dan is dedicated to preserving the American Dream that made his own story possible. Dan most recently served as Chief of Staff to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, where he managed 18,000 employees and a $3 billion budget during one of the most prosperous four-year stretches in Boston’s history. In Congress, Dan will stand up to President Trump and promote universal healthcare and a forward-looking jobs program so that everyone can get ahead.