Letter to Assemblymember re: AB2403
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I am writing to express my opposition to Assembly Bill 2403. People with substance use disorders are a protected class, yet are being targeted by legislation that would effectively upend the care and treatment they so desperately need.
Simply put, the passage of these bills would transfer power from the state into the hands of local government. If this happens, as history demonstrates, people with substance use disorder and other mental health issues would be open to discrimination, and potentially forced out of neighborhoods. The stigma of those with histories of substance use is alive and well. These bills would not only sanction such prejudices, but even justify them.
According to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 22.7 million Americans needed treatment for a problem related to drugs or alcohol, but only about 2.5 million people received any treatment whatsoever. We need more treatment facilities and sober-living houses, not fewer.
We urge the committees involved to oppose these bills and show support for people with substance use disorders, whose voices are too often silenced in political debate.
Thank you for your consideration.