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Houston Needs Real Leadership on the Opioids Crisis

Sheila Jackson Lee fails on opioids

Opioids were responsible for 53,000 deaths in 2016, accounting for 75% of all fatal drug overdoses. And while 80% of black market opioids come across the Mexico border, our leaders have failed to act. This country needs a real war on drugs – a war on heroin and the over-prescription of pain killers. The time for talk is over.

Opioid abuse accounts for 5 times as many deaths as drunk driving.

Sheila Jackson Lee's Messed Up PrioritiesSheila Jackson Lee touts herself as a “Senior Member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic” and on a “conference committee working to complete legislation addressing the opioid addiction epidemic.” But what has she done on this task force? On this committee? The answer is nothing. She’s all talk.

In fact, the Congresswoman sent out a press release saying republicans “have obstructed vital new resources to address the opioid epidemic.” What resources are obstructed? Have the republicans blocked Sheila Jackson Lee’s plan? No, of course not. In fact, the “Senior Member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic” seems to be obstructing opioid reform herself.

Sheila Jackson Lee’s Priorities

SJL introduced a bill on April 6, 2017, to make it harder to convict drug dealers. And she’s wanted it for a while: she has introduced the same legislation at least 7 times since the early 2000’s.

In January, Sheila Jackson Lee proposed another bill that would give older, “non-violent” federal convicts time off of their sentence. SJL’s definition of non-violent includes the drug dealers that are responsible for over 70,000 deaths a year. And she has introduced this legislation 8 times!

Sheila Jackson Lee stands up for the criminal but not the 53,000 that died of opioid abuse last year.

Her other priorities are no better. In 2017, she’s introduced 3 bills in relation to the President and the special prosecutor. She’s introduced two for prisoner rights and one to quadruple chain migration. And  she famously took a knee on the floor of congress in protest.

All this time for show and no time for real action. Why can’t the “Senior Member” make opioid addiction a priority?

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