Ending the Drug Epidemic

Our community has been at the epicenter of the drug epidemic that’s swept across the country. Max promised results and during his short time in Congress – he’s already delivered. Max fought for and won a $140 million increase in funding to combat the opioid crisis through prevention and treatment. And he led a bipartisan coalition of Congress to do it.

Max’s bill, the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, was signed into law by the President. It will combat the flow of deadly fentanyl into our community by imposing tough sanctions on any drug manufacturer in China, Mexico or anywhere else who produce and traffic illicit fentanyl. It also provides law enforcement with more tools and resources to go after opioid traffickers. Max teamed up with a Republican congressman from Arkansas to get the bill passed – because he will work with anyone at any time to get results and save lives. Read more here. He’s also breaking through red tape to get a state-of-the-art fentanyl screening lab built at JFK airport. This is needed because so much fentanyl comes into the U.S. from China via international mail through the mail depot at JFK.

Max co-lead the Joint Task Force to Combat Opioid Trafficking Act, a vital bill that creates a  joint task force to enhance border security operations to detect, interdict, disrupt, and prevent fentanyl and other opioids from entering the U.S via the border. Again, Max worked with two Republican congressmen from Texas to get this passed in the House and it’s now awaiting approval in the Senate.

Max is also leading the charge to not let drug corporations off the hook and to hold them and their top leadership financially and criminally responsible for the death and destruction they’ve brought to our country.

Max is one of the few members of Congress with firsthand experience in combating the opioid crisis on the ground. As Chief of Staff at Brightpoint Health, a group of nonprofit clinics in our community, Max helped bring a 24/7 drug recovery center to Staten Island—the first of its kind. He’s taken that same determination and innovative thinking to Congress, fighting for actual solutions to a national emergency that destroys lives one family at a time.

Max is making sure victims of the opioid epidemic get the support and treatment they need by maintaining and expanding healthcare access. Victims of the opioid epidemic must be able to pay for treatment, and in New York, that often means funding through Medicaid. Medicaid funding is responsible for 38% of NY’s opioid fight funding, per the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Medicaid covers 4/10 adults with opioid addiction. Max is fighting all Republican efforts to eliminate funding to Medicaid, because without a fully-funded healthcare system, this crisis will only get worse.

Max refuses all donations from Corporate PACs and lobbyists, including from drug manufacturers , and wrote the bill to eliminate them entirely so they can no longer bankroll politicians.

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