Tom MacArthur takes command in the war on drugs
New Jersey and New Hampshire are at the forefront of the war on drugs, especially heroin and opiates, so Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-3) and a Granite State Representative have taken lead roles to help exorcise the drug demons wreaking havoc internationally and domestically.
"The world we live in...we're being overrun by drug addiction issues," said MacArthur.
MacArthur has been named the Republican Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Task Force, alongside New Hampshire's 2nd District Congresswoman Annie Kuster. And from the outset, MacArthur sees the emerging battleground in synthetic opiates, which are peddled online and on the street.
"A lot of it's coming in from China...a lot of the heroin is coming in from over the southern border," said MacArthur.
MacArthur is wasting no time setting up an action plan.
"Our focus is, very specifically, what can we do to help with prevention, recovery and treatment," said MacArthur.
New Jersey has been ravaged by drugs, with everything from opiates and heroin to carfentanyl pouring into the nation.
"I think we have to do some work to ban all of these substances that create certain kinds of effects," said MacArthur.
He explains those include momentary euphoria, addiction, and destruction, and says the task force needs to take a new approach to combating the heroin epidemic.
"I want to focus on families, help their loved ones," said MacArthur.
He adds that, "we have to get people from both parties together who care about the issue, and who are willing to work together, not get caught up in the bipartisan nonsense, and actually try to help solve this problem."
New Jersey or New Hampshire sadly, have a kinship in their battles with the drug world, and MacArthur said he'll work with Kuster and everyone on the panel to end this epidemic once and for all.
Together with Kuster, he says, "we talk to an awful lot of people that are struggling with this, and there's no silver bullet here, but I think there are things that the federal government can do that can genuinely help."
Ending the war on drugs isn't just to simply put the dealers behind bars, he says, but to find help and treatment for those battling the demons of addiction.
"We have to focus on the addiction side and helping the victims," said MacArthur. "We also have to focus on the law enforcement side, and sometimes that gets intermingled."
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