Curtis bipartisan, bicameral anti-meth legislation is signed into law

Bipartisan, bicameral legislation introduced by U.S. Representative John Curtis (R-UT) that declares methamphetamine an emerging drug threat requiring a national plan became law Monday with the president’s signature.

“I am proud to have helped push this legislation through Congress and into law,” Rep. Curtis said.

On March 14, President Joe Biden signed into law the Methamphetamine Response Act of 2021, S. 854, introduced on March 18, 2021 by US senses Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Rep. Curtis and U.S. Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) introduced the same bill, HR 2051, in their chambers the same day.

The measure designates methamphetamine as an emerging drug threat (a new and growing trend in the use of an illicit drug or class of drugs) and directs the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to put implement a methamphetamine response plan, according to the bill’s summary of the Congressional Minutes.

“Communities in Utah and across the United States are facing the challenges created by the rise in methamphetamine abuse and addiction, which has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said said Rep. Curtis. “Recognizing the need for bipartisan federal policy, the Methamphetamine Response Act identifies it as an emerging drug threat. It will develop and implement a national plan to counter the presence and use of this very dangerous drug.

According to an invoice summary provided by Curtis representative staff.

In addition, the plan should include short- and long-term goals, including those focused on reducing supply and demand, and expanding the availability and effectiveness of treatment programs and prevention, as well as performance measures relating to the objectives of the plan, among other elements. , says the summary.

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