Delaware State Representative Ruth Briggs King

State Representative Ruth Briggs King’s office submitted these responses to the American Opioid Podcast on 2/25/2019 11:20:14 AM.

What district of Delaware do you represent?

37th

Briefly, how would you describe the opioid crisis in your state?

Epidemic

What are the two or three most significant bills that have been introduced in your chamber to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state?

Substance exposed infant, behavioral health consortium plus several others , drug prevention education taskforce

What was your involvement, if any, in those bills (e.g., introduction, advocacy, vote pledge)?

Lead sponsor or floor manager

Have any of the bills passed? If not, why?

All

What was the most memorable experience you had while learning about the opioid crisis in your state?

Creating public awareness ( family connections)

If you had a magic wand that allowed you to pass any legislation you wanted in order to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state, what would that legislation look like?

Mandatory rehabilitation and pharmacist mat distribution.

Are there any additional thoughts you would like to share?

Wrap around service and support system including housing. Don’t wait for a perSon to “hit bottom”. Step up and step in.