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Culpeper Police Leaders Join Rep. Abigail Spanberger to Introduce Legislation for Funding to Address Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment

Legislation will provide more than $900 million in funding to focus on overdose prevention, first responder training, co-prescribing programs, along with pregnant and postpartum women substance use disorder treatment.  Chief Jenkins and Major Settle attended the event to advocate on matters that are affecting the citizens of Virginia.
 
On Tuesday, March 29th Chief Chris Jenkins and Major Chris Settle, along with other key stakeholders, were invited to the United States Capitol to help introduce and participate in a press conference of the Summer Barrow Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Act.

Summer Barrow was a Central Virginian who lost her life to a fentanyl overdose in January of 2020.  According to the CDC, between October 2020 and October 2021 nearly 106,000 Americans died by overdose, setting a record for such deaths in a single year.  This bi-partisan legislation is sponsored by our U.S. Representatives Abigail  Spanberger (D -VA-07),  Kelly Armstrong (R – AL), Tom O'Holleran (R – FL-07), and Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL-27). 

If passed, this legislation will provide more than $900 million in funding to focus on overdose prevention, first responder training, co-prescribing programs, along with pregnant and postpartum women substance use disorder treatment.  Chief Jenkins and Major Settle attended the event to advocate on matters that are affecting the citizens of Virginia.

Also, Chief Jenkins and Major Settle advocated for Virginia on many other issues and additional funding in areas of law enforcement and mental health that are impacting Virginia Law Enforcement daily and have a direct nexus to crime.

The following link is the video of the press conference with Chief Jenkins' remarks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SJIJC2ZzmQ