December 10, 2019

KENNEDY VOICES SUPPORT FOR SAFE INJECTION FACILITIES

Rejects misleading arguments by opponents of safe injection sites

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Kennedy III today announced his support for the creation of safe injection facilities in Massachusetts and urged federal law enforcement to respect the state’s jurisdiction and a recent judicial ruling that determined these facilities do not violate federal law. In a letter to United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling, Kennedy referenced studies that show safe injection sites benefit public health and connect patients with treatment, and wrote in support of proposed state legislation launching pilot programs in Massachusetts.

“If we are committed to ending the opioid epidemic, we cannot allow fear mongering and stigma to stand in the way of evidence based, effective ideas to reduce deaths and overdoses. Safe injection facilities not only connect vulnerable populations with treatment resources, they reduce risky injection behaviors and benefit our public health. As our Commonwealth’s State House considers policies to expand access to treatment and safe injection sites, our federal government cannot construct false barriers with misguided, disproven beliefs used to justify political obstruction.”

To read Congressman Kennedy’s letter, please click here. As a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Congressman Kennedy has been a leading voice in legislative efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. He has introduced the Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act to strengthen existing mental health parity laws and hold insurers accountable for violations.

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For Immediate Release:
December 10, 2019 

Contact:
Dan Black (202) 225-5931