Vicky Hartzler (R), Missouri

“It’s time to unite and take action against this menace to set a new path for individuals and families in our district—one that is drug-free,” Hartzler says

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia- Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville) announced a new initiative to combat drug abuse in Missouri:

“I am excited to introduce my #DrugFreeMO initiative, which rolls out this week. Too often, families and communities are torn apart by drug abuse. I am committed to preventing this awful occurrence from happening to families in Missouri. This week I will be traveling to several areas of MO-4 to discuss drug prevention, intervention, and recovery. Together, we can all help raise awareness of this issue and combat addiction in our communities. Interested in learning more? Visit our website below to learn about the initiative and view the Drug Free Missouri Toolkit, which will connect you with local stakeholders and activists in your community, ” she said.

The following was also published in conjunction with the announcement:

The numbers are disturbing. Drug abuse and addiction are rapidly tearing communities and families aprt <sic> in Missouri and across America. I’ve heard from job creators who tell me that too many potential new hires cannot pass a drug test. Military recruiters have told me they have to turn away good recruits due to drug use. Law enforcement reports most crime in our communities is related to drug use. And, sadly, 25% of children in Missouri’s foster care are there due to their parent’s drug abuse. This has got to stop.  It’s time to unite and take action against this menace to set a new path for individuals and families in our district—one that is drug-free.

I need your help. Our communities are made strong by those living in them. By bringing everyone together to combat a common problem, I am sure we can make some real progress towards eradicating the looming and growing problem of substance abuse and addiction in Missouri.

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