MacArthur Fights Drug Crisis

Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-3rd) speaks at the Ocean County Mayors’ Association meeting, held at The Grove restaurant in Toms River. (Photo by Chris Lundy)

As the mother of a recent high school graduate, I am constantly trying to keep up with the changing trends of teenagers. Whether it is the newest social media app, YouTube video, or slang term that has become a regular part of my child’s vocabulary, each day brings new information as to how our children interact with the world around them and how as parents, we can remain engaged and informed about how to keep our kids safe.

The opioid crisis provides terrifying statistics for our state and nation. In New Jersey, 2,056 people died of an opioid overdose in 2016. In 2018, more than 2 million Americans will suffer from opioid addiction. It is imperative that our elected officials work together with law enforcement to get these drugs off of our streets, and away from our kids.

As co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, Congressman Tom MacArthur has been doing all that he can to combat this crisis. He recently voted for the Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act. This legislation will help our law enforcement keep up with criminal drug manufacturers in foreign countries who push drugs into our neighborhoods. I am thankful that Congressman MacArthur is working diligently to give our law enforcement the tools they need. This crisis is anything but stagnant, and as it evolves, I am confident that Congressman MacArthur will continue to push for legislation that will help keep our communities and our children safe.

Toni DePaola
Councilwoman, Point Pleasant Borough



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