Sharp Rise in Drug Overdose Deaths Fuels House Bipartisanship

July 21, 2021, 6:19 PM

Punitive “hook ‘em and book ‘em” policies to combat drug addiction are ineffective at stopping substance use and overdose deaths, lawmakers on a powerful House panel concurred as five bills targeting the issue sped through on unanimous votes.

The government should “use science and medical response instead of just adding 100,000 more cops to the streets,” Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) said at the markup in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“That was the past in the United States,” he said. “I hope we never go back.”

The bipartisanship on display in the committee shows a willingness in Congress to ...

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