U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says legislation she co-sponsored aims to “push money down to local communities” and allow them to decide the best use of funding in the fight against opioid abuse.
Warren led a Community Conversation on the opioid crisis Saturday on Cape Cod four days after a nearly $1 billion bipartisan funding bill was introduced in the Senate to fight the nationwide epidemic over the next 10 years.
Warren told 225 people at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, “This is not a ‘Washington knows best bill.’ It says local communities know best.”
Under the bill, Massachusetts would receive $55 million every year for 10 years, she said, and the Cape would get $2.7 million every year. The House is working on similar bipartisan proposals to move forward by Memorial Day.
The epidemic “touches every family in Massachusetts,” Warren said. “We can’t put this off. This could be the best money we ever spent in America.”