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Vern Buchanan co-sponsoring legislation to deal with heroin crisis

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In an attempt to staunch the heroin epidemic, Sarasota-area U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan said Friday he’s co-sponsoring legislation aimed at curbing the flow of drugs into the U.S. while  intensifying education, prevention and treatment programs. In thepast decade, heroin abuse has skyrocketed in the U.S. The rate of heroin-related overdose deaths increased 286 percent between 2002 and 2013.  “Drug addiction is a growing crisis that destroys families and lives every day here in Florida,” Buchanan said in a prepared statement. “It requires a serious and comprehensive solution.” The “Comprehensive Addiction…

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Chris Christie credits surge in N.H. to views on drug abuse

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Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took to the airwaves Monday morning on MSNBC’s II Morning Joe, where he told host Joe Scarborough Americans need to change their thinking when it comes to illegal drug use. Asked by a panelist about why Christie is surging in the early primary state of New Hampshire, Christie said his views on addiction – unorthodox in a Republican primary field where harsh “law and order” views on drugs are the norm – were helping to carry him…

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