Friend --  

I wanted to tell you a little bit about Cheryl Juaire, from Marlborough, who was my guest at yesterday’s State of the Union address. Cheryl is a loving mother, an active member of our community, and a fierce advocate for individuals and families struggling with substance use disorder. I am honored that she was able to join me as my guest not only to recognize her tireless work, but to serve as a representative for the thousands of people struggling with addiction across Massachusetts and the United States.

Substance use disorder is a public health crisis. Since coming to Congress, I’ve consistently advocated for an all hands on deck approach to make sure individuals and communities afflicted by this disease are able to access the resources they need to recover and thrive.

In addition to being a founding member of the bipartisan Freshman Working Group on Addiction, I’ve sponsored legislation such as the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Actthe Safer Prescribing of Controlled Substances ActStronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), and the National Family Caregiver Support Program Cap Elimination Act. These bills were designed to break down stigma and boost available resources to communities that need help serving their constituents. I’m also a proud cosponsor the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act to invest $100 billion in our local clinics and community organizations over the next 10 years.


Congresswoman Lori Trahan and Cheryl Juaire join for a photo before going to the State of the Union address. 

The truth of the matter is, our work in Washington doesn’t mean nearly as much without dedicated advocates like Cheryl. After a period of grieving, Cheryl founded Team Sharing, Inc., a remarkable organization that serves as a support group for parents and families of individuals suffering from substance use disorder. Since its founding, it has grown and spread across the U.S. – including a national chapter and one for siblings.

Throughout my first year in Congress, I’ve been touched by stories from families similar to Cheryl’s. Enough is enough. I will continue to be an ally to Cheryl, and everyone in the fight against addiction and the stigma that all too often makes treatment and recovery impossible.


Sincerely,



Lori Trahan
Member of Congress



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