Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman TJ Cox (CA-21)
November 17, 2020
Today, Rep. TJ Cox (CA-21) released the following statement after the Senate passed the Methamphetamine Response Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill introduced in September by Rep. Cox and Rep. John Curtis (R-UT-16). The bill would declare methamphetamine an emerging drug threat and would require the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to develop, implement, and make public a national plan to prevent meth addiction and overdoses from becoming a crisis.
“Methamphetamine addiction is a serious drug threat that is increasing in severity across America, especially in our rural communities. Meth is one of the most common drugs in the Central Valley, and meth-related overdose deaths are on track to eclipse deaths due to opioids. That’s why I introduced the Methamphetamine Response Act in the House, and why I’m proud to see the bill pass in the Senate today. I urge my colleagues in the House to act swiftly to pass this critical legislation so we can get to work fighting this crisis and helping the families that have been decimated by this deadly drug,” said Rep. Cox.
The Methamphetamine Response Act:
- Declares methamphetamine an emerging drug threat, as defined in section 702 of the ONDCP Reauthorization Act of 1998
- Requires ONDCP to develop, implement, and make public, within 90 days of enactment, a national emerging threats response plan that is specific to methamphetamine, in accordance with section 709(d) of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998.
- The ONDCP plan must be updated annually and include the following:
- An assessment of the methamphetamine threat, including the current availability of, and demand for the drug, and evidence-based prevention and treatment programs, as well as law enforcement programs;
- Short- and long term goals, including those focused on supply and demand reduction, and on expanding the availability and effectiveness of treatment and prevention programs;
- Performance measures pertaining to the plan’s goals;
- The level of funding needed to implement the plan; and
- An implementation strategy, goals, and objectives for a media campaign.