Jan 152015
 

Each year, there are about 40,000 Americans killed in motor vehicle-related accidents. In 2011, alcohol was a factor in nearly 10,000 of these fatalities. On average, one in every three Americans will be involved in a drunk-driving accident in their lifetime. Almost 1.5 million drivers were arrested in 2010 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. However, is estimated that during that year, adults got behind the wheel of a car at least 112 million times after drinking too much. The incidence of drunk driving is the highest (24%) in the 20-25 year-old age group and about one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders. Surveys found that on average, convicted drunk drivers have driven under the influence 80 times before their first arrest.

Pending Legislations:

S.979 & H.R.1665 – Drunk Driving Repeat Offender Prevention Act of 2013

H.R.498 – Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Reauthorization Act

I oppose reforming current drunk driver policy and wish to defeat S.979 & H.R.1665 and H.R.1498

I support withholding a portion of a state’s federal-aid highway funds if that state has not enacted, and is not enforcing, a law requiring the installation of an ignition interlock device for a minimum of 180 days on each motor vehicle operated by an individual convicted of driving while intoxicated, and wish to pass S.979 & H.R.1665

I support collecting data and conducting or supporting new research on underage drinking that improves and conducts public health surveillance of alcohol use and alcohol-related conditions in states among individuals between age 18 and 20 by increasing the use of surveys to monitor binge and excessive drinking and related harms, and wish to pass H.R.1665

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Jan 152015
 

Colorado and Washington have recently legalized the recreational use of marijuana and most believe other states are about to follow. Recent surveys have found that 54% of Americans now feel marijuana should be legalized, an increase from 12% in 1969. Additionally, nearly 75% feel that efforts to enforce anti-marihuana laws are more costly than beneficial. Marijuana supporters claim alcohol, tobacco and prescription drug use kills at least 500,000 Americans each year, but no deaths have been directly attributed to marijuana use. They say it is a waste of humanity and resources to incarcerate so many non-violent offenders. They also claim that political pressure, not medical research, caused this drug to be outlawed in 1936. Health advocates claim marijuana use benefits glaucoma patients and relieves the pain of people suffering from cancer and other illnesses. Our pharmaceutical industry must see some truth in this claim since, besides law enforcement, it is one of the strongest forces opposing legalization. Some marijuana opponents claim legalizing marijuana will act as a gateway to the use of dangerous drugs. However, this claim has been refuted by numerous medical studies and only one in three Americans believe this is a real concern.

Pending Legislations:

H.R.499 – Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013

H.R.2240 – Small Business Tax Equity Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current marijuana policy and wish to defeat H.R.499 and H.R.2240

I support ending the federal prohibition against marijuana and removing the listing of marijuana both as a controlled substance for purposes of the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act, and as a dangerous drug for purposes of federal criminal code provisions authorizing interception of communications, also as a targeted drug for purposes of the national youth anti-drug media campaign, and wish to pass H.R.499

I support allowing businesses that conduct marijuana sales in compliance with state law to be eligible for IRS tax credits for declaring its expenses as permitted by other legally-operating business and wish to pass H.R.2240

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Jan 152015
 

Critics of the War on Drugs claim not enough resources are used to counter the main cause of our drug problem -the demand for illicit drugs. Health advocates say that like alcoholism, drug addiction is a disease. They claim prison is no cure for millions of American drug users, nor is it the end of their addiction problems. They also claim that compared to incarceration, treatment for drug addiction is cheaper and has more long-term benefits for both drug addicts and society. It could be said that the demand for certain drugs wax and wane over time and that methamphetamine is now the current drug scourge. In 2008, 13 million Americans over the age of 12 were reported to have used methamphetamine and more than 500,000 of those people were regular users. In 2007, nearly 5% of American high-school seniors and 4% of tenth-grade students reported using methamphetamine at least once in their life. Self-reporting by methamphetamine users show many of these addicts first abused cocaine before switching to meth. Those suffering from this insidious addiction often fall into a vicious cycle of crime that includes DUI arrests, suspended driving, resisting arrest, battery, burglary, receiving stolen property and probation violation. This list does not include the many health problems suffered by these addicts. Advocates say that preventing drug abuse will require a multi-faceted strategy, including educational outreach programs and more substance abuse treatment facilities and treatment options.

Pending Legislations:

H.R.752 – Methamphetamine Education, Treatment, and Hope Act of 2013

S.348 & H.R.752 – Methamphetamine Education, Treatment, and Hope Act of 2013

S.348 & H.R672 – Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current drug addiction treatment policy and wish to defeat H.R.752 and S.348 & H.R.672

I support substance abuse residential treatment for pregnant and parenting women to include treatment for addiction to methamphetamine, outpatient treatment services, and referrals for dental services, with priority given to rural areas, areas with a shortage of mental health professionals, or areas with a shortage of family-based substance abuse treatment options and with high rates of addiction to methamphetamine or other drugs, and wish to pass H.R.752

I support awarding grants to states and nonprofit entities for consumer education about opioids and methadone abuse, training requirements for those who prescribe or dispense methadone or other opioids, and requiring registered opioids treatment clinic to make acceptable arrangements for each patient who is restricted from having a take-home dose of a controlled substance related to treatment to receive a dose of that substance under appropriate supervision when the clinic is closed, and wish to pass S.348 & H.R.672

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