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.
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.