New Federal Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic

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One hundred forty-five people fatally overdose on opioids or heroin each day in the U.S., and nearly 700 Washingtonians and 42,000 Americans have died of an opioids overdose in 2016 alone.*

Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services (CCS/CHS) clients and staff came to support and discuss legislation that U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) are introducing to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic at a press conference in Seattle on February 22.  Senator Cantwell talked with CCS/CHS attendees to hear how the opioid crisis is destroying communities and the lives of families and friends.

Shown here with Senator Cantwell in support of her proposed Comprehensive Addiction Reform, Education, and Safety (CARES) Act are Sherry Welch, a CCS client and participant in the CCS ASSET employment preparation program, and on the right, CHS case manager Carmen Prettyman.

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