Gillibrand proposes COVID task force bill

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. Bloomberg photo by Aaron P. Bernstein

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand is hoping to pass a bill in Congress that would help people with substance abuse disorder and addictions, and their families.

Especially since the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted many aspects of normal social life, rates of addiction and deaths from drug overdose have skyrocketed. Opioid overdose deaths have risen by 68% from 2019 to 2021, and alcohol-related deaths have risen by 25% between 2019 and 2020, according to the senator.

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