Representative Meschino says, “Opiate addiction is an urgent public health crisis. The Legislature has taken significant first steps to stem the tide of addiction and overdose, but we must continue the work. I strongly support community-based intervention programs and prevention strategies.”
Rep. Meschino has supported legislation in the past to strengthen community-based prevention of substance abuse disorders. In the state budget, she seeks to provide substantial funding for opioid addiction treatment and prevention. These measures will provide resources at the community level, where Rep. Meschino believes such services are to be the most effective. “This epidemic has affected so many individuals and families. Communities and organizations close to home may be best situated to interrupt the tide of addiction,” she says.