Although vaping and opioid abuse now receive
substantial attention, legislative focus, and
resources, the legislative response occurred only
after these issues became a nationwide crisis.
The response was too late to make any real
change in the epidemicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trajectory.
In the last ten years, hearings in the Senate
related to public health prevention and
containment have been largely reactive and
trailing the media rather than the leading edge.
The Senate has been slow in response once there
is a crisis, and has not worked to prevent them.
With access to the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best experts and
the legislative power to mitigate public health
disasters, the Senate should be leading instead
As appeared in
The Globe Post
on April 3, 2020.