PRESS RELEASE: Graham, Barry Propose Drug Treatment on Demand
- COUNCILMEMBER JIM GRAHAM
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Alan Heymann
May 3, 2006
BARRY, GRAHAM PROPOSE DRUG
TREATMENT ON DEMAND
Washington, DC - The District of Columbia would have its first plan to give
residents free access to immediate treatment for drug addiction and
alcoholism, under a bill introduced yesterday by Councilmembers Marion Barry
(D-Ward Eight) and Jim Graham (D-Ward One).
"When someone with a drug or alcohol problem finally gets it together and
goes for help, we can't afford to make them wait," said Councilmember
Graham. "That moment is so fleeting and so fragile. We have to move with
that person and get them into treatment."
The bill would require the Mayor to develop a comprehensive plan for
delivering treatment on demand and submit it to the Council.
"Alcoholism and drug addiction are at the core of so many problems in
society," said Councilmember Graham. "We can make a major dent in
unemployment, domestic abuse, child abuse and all sorts of crime by getting
people help as soon as they need it."
Six other Councilmembers have co-sponsored the Barry/Graham bill.
Director, Constituent Services
Councilmember Jim Graham