Politician Beto O’Rourke is making headlines for his recent drug plan. The bottom line: he seeks to end the stigma and discrimination around substance use.
When asked specifically about the RAVE Act, a question posed by Jeffrey Cook, here’s what he had to say:
We’ve got to remove the stigma around getting help for those who have a substance use disorder. We’ve lost the lives of hundreds of thousands of our fellow Americans over the last decade from drug overdose deaths — opioids being the leading cause.
The current language of the RAVE Act has undoubtedly created a dangerous situation in discouraging EDM show/festival organizers from implementing certain safety measures to protect revelers. It’s something that has followed fellow presidential candidate Joe Biden around for nearly the last two decades.
From Beto’s point of view, any laws on the books that prevent someone from coming forward for help need to be repealed. Beto’s plan can be read here.
Beto O’Rourke Talks RAVE Act
WATCH: Beto O’Rourke just released a drug plan, so I asked about the RAVE Act, written by Joe Biden.
It threatens any organizer hosting harm reduction groups at their events with arrest
O'Rourke: "if it stands in the way of someone getting help, then we need to repeal that law" pic.twitter.com/gjLTKViSQE
— Jeffrey Cook (@JeffreyCook) October 25, 2019
Photo via Phil Roeder