Federal Legislative Agenda 2017
Drug Treatment and Addiction Rehabilitation
The City of Laredo has a statistical population of 260,000. With the geographical location and high rate of poverty, the City has no real means of treating those with substance dependency with accessible rehabilitation. With the median age of 26.9, the large presence of young people makes the city a prime target for addiction to a variety of narcotics which is accessible due to the geographical location to Mexico.
Heroin and Methamphetamine use have taken a heartbreaking toll on too many Americans and their families, while straining resources of law enforcement and treatment programs. More Americans now die every year from drug overdoses than they do in motor vehicle crashes. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that opioids—a class of drugs that include prescription pain medications and heroin—were involved in 28,648 deaths in 2014. In particular, CDC found a continued sharp increase in heroin-involved deaths and an emerging increase in deaths involving synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl.
On February 04, 2016 the White House announced the President’s FY 2017 Budget which takes a two-pronged approach to address this epidemic. First, it includes $1 billion in new mandatory funding over two (2) years to expand access to treatment for prescription drug abuse and heroin use. This funding will boost efforts to help individuals with an opioid use disorder seek treatment, successfully complete treatment, and sustain recovery. Second, the President’s Budget includes approximately $500 million -- an increase of more than $90 million -- to continue and build on current efforts across the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Health and Human Services (HHS) to expand state-level prescription drug overdose prevention strategies, increase the availability of medication-assisted treatment programs, improve access to the overdose-reversal drug naloxone, and support targeted enforcement activities. A portion of this funding is directed specifically to rural areas, where rates of overdose and opioid use are particularly high. To help further expand access to treatment, the Budget includes an HHS pilot project for nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder treatment, where allowed by state law.
The Laredo Police Department is seeking funding for treatment programs with a major component that includes collaboration with various drug prevention partners within the community. These partners include other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, national and regional prevention organizations, community coalitions, fraternal and civic organizations, youth-serving organizations, state and local governments, and school districts.
U.S. Department of Justice
Raymond E. Garner
Chief of Police
4712 Maher Avenue
Laredo, Texas 78041
Phone: (956) 795-2899
Fax: (956) 795-3120