9 September 2016
As we get closer and closer to the November elections, I thought it would be important to look at the Substance Abuse policies put forth by a few candidates running for office. By doing this, I wish to help inform you, and by no means is this an endorsement or an opinion piece for one candidate or another. I hope you enjoy the read and find the article helpful.
This week we will be looking at the two major party candidates running for the US Senate in Illinois: Incumbent Mark Kirk (R) and Tammy Duckworth (D). Both Mark Kirk’s and Tammy Duckworth’s campaign website contains no information on any policy stance about anything on their websites, but they do contain brief bio’s of each candidate and you can read more about each in the link here, for Mark Kirk and here, for Tammy Duckworth. After doing some digging, I was able to find some public statements about drug policies, but no real clear information about their drug policy agenda that they would propose.
Senator Mark Kirk has a piece on the heroin epidemic on his official Senate website. You can find that here. He has since been continuously talking about the heroin epidemic throughout his time in office. You can find them by searching on his website. Mark Kirk has also made a few mentions of drug policy in relation to border security.
For a full list of all statements by Mark Kirk in relation to drug policy you can also go here. (Disclaimer: the website, has a limit on the amount of pages you view on their website before you have to start paying/ getting a subscription. I would just be careful about how many times to click and surf through the pages.)
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth has also been very interested in tackling the ppioid/ heroin epidemic. On her official Congressional website, she has talked a bit about the heroin epidemic and preventing drug abuse, and you can find that here. For a full list of all public statements by her on the issue, you can click here. (Disclaimer: same website as above with Mark Kirk. Be mindful of your clicks.)
What do you think about the drug policy statements put forth by each candidate? Comment below!
Next week: the Race for President!