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Former Senator Barry Finegold’s Statement In Response To President Trump's Comments About Lawrence

Mar 27, 2018 08:15AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Barry Finegold

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by Barry Finegold.)

I am deeply disappointed by the comments that President Trump made about the City of Lawrence last week. I represented Lawrence in the State House for many years and know that it is full of good, honest, and hardworking people. The opioid crisis is devastating communities across the Commonwealth and the country, but we will not solve it with name-calling, finger-pointing, or racism. It is a complex problem that needs our time, resources, and collaboration to be fully addressed. The very study that Mr. Trump cited points out that many factors – including doctors prescribing opioid pain meds at a rate close to twice the national average and a lack of funding for addiction treatment – play a large role in worsening the drug crisis in New Hampshire. Just as addiction knows no political affiliation, our response to it must go beyond politics. What we need now is leadership and hard work to help those in our community who are suffering from addiction.

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