OPINION: MacArthur Fighting Opioid Epidemic

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)

Our police and first responders wage a battle against the disease of addiction everyday. It has ravaged the south Jersey community, showing no mercy, sparing no age, race, or socioeconomic status. No family is immune in Burlington and Ocean counties – we all have a loved one or friend who is suffering or passed away due to their drug addiction. In Washington D.C., Congressman Tom MacArthur is fighting for emergency responders to ensure we have resources we need to fight the flow of illegal drugs in our community.

From 2015 through the winter of 2018, almost 24,000 lives in New Jersey have been saved due to the timely use of the overdose reversal drug naloxone by emergency officials (commonly known under the trade name Narcan). Congressman MacArthur, who is the co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, has worked tirelessly to break the stigma of addiction and prioritize funding for first responders through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). An all-encompassing bill tackling addiction from many angles, CARA expanded the accessibility of Narcan to local law enforcement, helping to make our communities safer. After CARA’s passage into law, Tom MacArthur supports CARA 2.0 which would authorize $1 billion to fight opioids and provide enhanced training for our first responders. Tom MacArthur truly values our police and emergency responders, knowing they are the brave members of society who run toward problems while others flee. He has the best interest of first responders and all dealing with the opioid crisis at heart.


Douglas Tortorelli
Toms River



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