In an attempt to help resolve the opioid epidemic, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick wants to soak the taxpayer to fund programs that don’t work.
One of the places Fitzpatrick wants to dump taxpayer money is the centers for disease control. http://levittownnow.com/2019/05/29/bill-introduced-by-congressman-would-create-25-billion-opioid-epidemic-response-fund/
Calling drug abuse a disease does not help in this matter. Calling drug addiction a disease is a marketing tool used by snake oil salesmen. Critics of the disease theory, as reported on Wikipedia, say the disease theory, which is applied to drug and alcohol abuse “exists only to benefit the professionals’ and governmental agencies responsible for providing recovery services, and the disease model has not offered a solution for those attempting to stop abusive alcohol and drug use.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disease_theory_of_alcoholism
Drug addiction is a morally bad choice. Faith-based initiatives, by getting to the root of the problem of addiction, sin, will help solve the drug epidemic, which is basically a symptom of the spiritual bankruptcy in our country today.
Awhile back, President Trump said taxpayer money will only go to those organizations that fight the drug epidemic that have initiatives that work. The Riverfront Coalition in New Jersey is one such organization that received funding. A friend of mine, a woman of faith, and a youth leader at the City of Refuge Fellowship Church, is part of The Riverfront Coalition, which works with the youth to help prevent them from going down the wrong path, doing things such as drug and alcohol addiction. https://www.insidernj.com/press-release/congressman-macarthur-riverfront-coalition-local-officials-advocates-praise-federal-grant-south-jersey-combat-opioid-crisis/
Another organization to which I connected is Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM) in Bucks County, PA. Since I’ve been attending their conquering addiction ministry, coffeehouses, and other events, many of which is a de facto network of CLPRM, I’ve seen how this faith-based organization helps people conquer the voluntary slavery of addiction. Through Jesus and Biblical counsel, they are redeemed. http://www.clprm.org/
Throwing taxpayer money down the rathole will not resolve the opioid crisis. Using resources, money judiciously with programs that work will. Money thrown down the rathole can be better used with organizations such as CLPRM. Problems such as addictions should not be a government function. As was the case when President Grover Cleveland vetoed a government bailout to save Texas farms after a drought, we don’t need the government to resolve the drug epidemic. Cleveland instead encouraged his fellow Americans to help each other out. And they did, shelling out much more than congress demanded from taxpayers.
“Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem. Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it. The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.” -Ronald Reagan
Fighting the drug epidemic should be a case of neighbor helping neighbor, where caring Christians share one another’s burdens and gently restore people with problems, which is not a disease in this case but rooted in sin. People can be redeemed!