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In an attempt to help the nearly 20 million Americans suffering from a substance use disorder, Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) introduced a bipartisan resolution this week to recognize addiction as a treatable disease. 

The resolution would acknowledge addiction as a treatable, chronic medical disease; support evidence-based treatments for substance use disorders; and promote efforts to destigmatize substance use disorders and addiction. 

“Our communities have seen too many families torn apart by addiction through the opioid crisis, fentanyl entering our communities, and other substance abuse,” Brindisi said in a statement. “We need to work together to ensure appropriate treatment for these people who are afflicted with addiction. In order to tackle this crisis, we need to destigmatize treatment, increase  science-based approaches, and make sure communities have the education tools necessary to help addicts and their families.”

Brindisi’s resolution has been endorsed by over a dozen advocacy groups, including the American Psychological Association, the Center for Addiction, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.