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house Bill H.R. 485

Should the Feds Fund Efforts to Prevent Opioid-Related Child Mistreatment?

Argument in favor

The opioid epidemic has devastated families, causing cases of child maltreatment to spike in recent years. It’s important that the federal government funds programs to ensure children aren’t harmed due to their parents’ or caregivers’ addiction. This issue is particularly urgent during the COVID-19 pandemic, as families are under unprecedented levels of stress which may lead to increased incidences of child abuse.

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03/08/2021
Yes, but, if we funded real education with zero to private schools, funded universal health care, made some drugs legal, brought back community mental health system, provided mental health & domestic conflict specialists instead of expecting police to handle everything, if our society respected integrity, honesty, dignity, instead of only money-then this might be less of an issue.
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davidf's Opinion
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03/08/2021
If you question the impact Covid restrictions have had on increased opioid abuse and increased child abuse you are sorely out of touch with the real world. Funding this initiative is important. To not do so is itself contributory to abuse.
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Brian's Opinion
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03/17/2021
We should do whatever we can to help those suffering from Opioid abuse, including identifying and solving the root causes of this problem. We should protect children and families, but we need to be careful to not treat addicts as criminals just for using drugs. We have filled our prisons for decades with people for using drugs, and it's not working. Let's fund more treatment and rehabilitation programs, and make them affordable or free for ALL Americans, regardless of background or status.
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Argument opposed

While it’s important to keep children from being harmed by their parents’ or caregivers’ opioid addictions, it’s also equally — if even more — important to address the opioid epidemic’s root causes. This bill only addresses a symptom of the opioid epidemic. Additionally, its gender identity provision hijacks child abuse prevention legislation in order to insert leftist transgender ideology where it doesn’t belong.

Robert (steve)'s Opinion
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03/08/2021
I think the drug dealers should have to pay for this, big Pharma.
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B.R.'s Opinion
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03/08/2021
I don't think that anyone is questioning the importance of protecting our children from child abuse and neglect, and allocating the resources to do so, but this bill is lacking in its objective. To begin with, it is unclear what affects Covid has had on this issue, in addition to the data showing no increase activity during this timeframe. One must then ask, how can one use Covid as a justification for increasing the funding? More specifically, a justification for funding an additional $270 million for expansion and another $270 million for new research. By the way, have you noticed the bill excludes the existing funding already allocated. Aside from this, this bill does not address the core problem, which is opioid addiction, which has its own funding.
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Keene44's Opinion
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03/08/2021
This is a typical political flight of hand. They give it a heart wrenching title in hopes you won’t read it and just support it. However, like the joke of the stimulus package hardly any money goes to title program in a productive way. It mainly pads pockets of the politicians donors (puppet masters)
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    Yes, but, if we funded real education with zero to private schools, funded universal health care, made some drugs legal, brought back community mental health system, provided mental health & domestic conflict specialists instead of expecting police to handle everything, if our society respected integrity, honesty, dignity, instead of only money-then this might be less of an issue.
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    I think the drug dealers should have to pay for this, big Pharma.
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    If you question the impact Covid restrictions have had on increased opioid abuse and increased child abuse you are sorely out of touch with the real world. Funding this initiative is important. To not do so is itself contributory to abuse.
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    Sounds like both sides are talking past each other. Maybe they should try listening and working together to make a stronger bill that save children and addresses the root cause of opioid addiction.🤔
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    We should do whatever we can to help those suffering from Opioid abuse, including identifying and solving the root causes of this problem. We should protect children and families, but we need to be careful to not treat addicts as criminals just for using drugs. We have filled our prisons for decades with people for using drugs, and it's not working. Let's fund more treatment and rehabilitation programs, and make them affordable or free for ALL Americans, regardless of background or status.
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    If you work with children in any capacity, you already know more needs to be done in our country to protect children from abuse & neglect. Opioids increase the numbers of cases. Of course we need to address abuse & neglect, but we will continue to fund this if we don’t address the root causes!
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    But why wasn’t that part of the COVID virus relief bill? Is it so the democrats can tax more and spend more? Or was it because the bridge between New York and Canada or the underground rail system between San Francisco and Silicon Valley were more important because of the “need to payback friends”?
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    Wow kevin brady, nice to see so much INTEREST in this subject with your incredibly tough 'NOT VOTING' stance on keeping kids off of opioids! How many local Tx. pharmacies are in your pocket???
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    Yes, during the interim until Big Pharm the corporate entities most responsible for this tragic situation can be forced to pay for the damage their drugs and their lies have done!
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    Representatives, Thank you! The House Passed H. R. 485 Reauthorizing the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, and providing additional services. Yea: 345 Nay: 73 Next is onto the Senate.
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    I don't think that anyone is questioning the importance of protecting our children from child abuse and neglect, and allocating the resources to do so, but this bill is lacking in its objective. To begin with, it is unclear what affects Covid has had on this issue, in addition to the data showing no increase activity during this timeframe. One must then ask, how can one use Covid as a justification for increasing the funding? More specifically, a justification for funding an additional $270 million for expansion and another $270 million for new research. By the way, have you noticed the bill excludes the existing funding already allocated. Aside from this, this bill does not address the core problem, which is opioid addiction, which has its own funding.
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    Why is this even a question?
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    I bet Republicans will vote against the children as well.
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    This is a typical political flight of hand. They give it a heart wrenching title in hopes you won’t read it and just support it. However, like the joke of the stimulus package hardly any money goes to title program in a productive way. It mainly pads pockets of the politicians donors (puppet masters)
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    I would like to say YES but money goes to private schools and in our state tax dollars go to Charter Schools and private religious schools, defunding our public schools of school nurses, mental health counselors. Opioid addicted happens here and little is done for treatment. Healthcare is limited to those folks who need it the most. Everyone knows the wealthier schools, public and private opioids runs amuck. Congress allowed the big pharmaceuticals to run free getting people hooked on drugs and did nothing. Now they want to look like saviors but do nothing to pharmaceuticals or their CEOS who pushed these drugs. Now they will have taxpayers pay for their mistakes. Hard to believe in two faced Congress.
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    Why aren’t the pharmaceutical companies having to fund this. The opioid fines handed down was a mere slap on the wrist.
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    Sounds great but READ the bill. All it does is give tax payer money to gender studies and migrants!!!! While pharmaceutical companies who caused this mess continue to reap the benefits. Just another way to move money from our pockets to fund liberal elite interests. Myanmar, Hungary, Poland have now all banned soros open boarder groups and Soros will be arrested on sight in Poland. Realize they are dismantling us. We were thrust into a slave class with the scamdemic and they have no intention of letting go of the power. Wake up.
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    I would have said yes until I read the bill. This co-sponsored bill demonstrates a cross-party predilection to do the wrong thing for the right reason if it sounds good on the surface. Hopefully our legislators will actually read the bill themselves and vote instead to re-authorize a clean CAPTA bill
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    We should be doing everything we can to help those affected by this opioid crisis, including the vulnerable. Children need to grow up in a safe environment, not one where they are mistreated. I am absolutely in favor of this bill and encourage my senators to vote in favor.
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    That’s a lot of PORK! As noted: ‘This bill only addresses a SYMPTOM of the opioid epidemic. Additionally, its “gender identity provision” hijacks child abuse prevention legislation in order to insert leftist transgender ideology where it doesn’t belong.’ I am so sick of legislators adding PORK into these bills. We need to really crack down and STOP adding NON-RELATED items into these bills! I’m tired of paying out additional monies for BS.
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