ICYMI: On Fox News Latino: Rep. Joe Pitts works to fight against the Opioid Epidemic

In a recent op-ed on Fox News Latino, Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) discusses the opioid epidemic – particularly the rapid growth of heroin usage among people aged 18-25. As Rep. Pitts explains, in the past decade use has doubled among this age group, having a profound impact on families and communities across the United States. This is why House Republicans are fighting to end this problem once and for all.
In case you missed it, here are highlights from Rep. Pitts’ op-ed:
“An effective strategy in the fight against opioid abuse must take into consideration all of these components; it must also maintain appropriate access to pain medication for those who truly need it.”
“[Opioids are] stronger than [they have] been before… and it’s hitting a new population,” Rick Kastner of the Lancaster County Drug and Alcohol Commission explained. “And heroin is cheap — you can get a bag for $10 … even kids can afford it. And like anything in this country, if the demand is there, the supply is gonna meet it.”
“In fact, the CDC reports that some of the greatest increases in usage occur in demographic groups with historically low rates of heroin usage: women, the privately insured, and people with higher incomes.”
Read the full op-ed here.