Sheriff Steve Tompkins joined US Senator Elizabeth Warren at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program to speak with current and former patients. Sheriff Steve Tompkins stated he is looking forward to "working with true life saving champions like Senator Elizabeth Warren and Dr. Jessie Gaeta, Chief Medical Officer of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, on addressing the Commonwealth's opioid problem.
The intersection of the two crises — AIDS and opioids — serves as an undercurrent to new legislation US Senator Elizabeth Warren is preparing to file, the latest attempt on Capitol Hill to tackle the opioid scourge.
Appearing at the South End center Friday, Warren said her bill, dubbed the CARE Act, takes a framework championed in groundbreaking 1990 legislation designed to fight AIDS and seeks to apply those lessons to battling overdoses today.
The legislation is built on a massive $100 billion commitment over 10 years, with funds funneled directly to states and individual centers that treat those fighting substance abuse. The Cambridge Democrat is filing the bill with US Representative Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, and is still compiling co-sponsors.
Read the full Boston Globe Article here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/04/06/warren-proposes-billion-fight-overdoses/HBPyJOOIwLjXkUfpBEcxsK/story.html