By Mass Live

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, called on members of Congress Thursday to “show the same political courage on the opioid crisis” that lawmakers did in taking action to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic by passing a modern version of the Ryan White CARE Act.

Comparing the deaths and stigmas associated with opioid abuse to those that surrounded HIV/AIDs in the 1980s, Warren and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, penned a USA Today Op-Ed urging their congressional colleagues to stop treating the current public health emergency like a “novel, intractable problem.”

They further took issue with the Trump administration’s response to the opioid epidemic — particularly the president’s recent call to give the death penalty to some drug dealers.

The Democrats asked that federal lawmakers support their comprehensive plan to address opioid abuse, which, like the 1990 Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, looks to address the current crisis by investing in science and providing local communities significant funding to treat those with addictions.

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