Daines Fights to Include Tools to Combat Meth, Opioids Crisis in Landmark Legislation
U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted on a bill that will help combat the devastating meth and opioid epidemic across Montana and the nation.
Before the vote, Daines took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to urge his colleagues to support the measure and to highlight the drastic impacts meth and opioids have in Montana.
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“The legislation before us will help combat an epidemic that touches the lives of almost every person in our country,” Daines said. “We’re seeing sad story after story on the effects of meth and drug use in Montana making headlines… At the federal level, our goal must be to partner with states and communities to overcome this devastating reality. That is why I fought for specific provisions to be included in the opioids bill.”
Daines fought to include multiple provisions in the Senate passed package that will help combat the meth and opioid crisis including:
- The bipartisan Mitigating METH Act, introduced by Daines, which expands the state targeted response to the opioid crisis grants to include Indian tribes as eligible recipients.
- The bipartisan STOP Act which helps stop illegal drugs from coming in at the border or being shipped through the postal service.
Daines also fought to reauthorize key meth prevention and enforcement in the Senate passed package including:
- Reauthorization of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA)
- Reauthorization of the Drug Court program
- Codifying the COPS Anti-Meth Program
The next step is for the Senate to go to conference with the House on the bill.
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