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GOP's Senator Cotton Says There's Links Between Disability Benefits, Heroin Addiction

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas is suggesting there is a correlation between those who receive Social Security disability benefits and drug addiction.

    During a speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation on Monday, the lawmaker said “It’s hard to say what came first or caused the other—population decline or increased disability usage [in several Appalachian counties].

    Or maybe economic stagnation caused both.” Either way, Cotton argued, there seems to be what he called a “disability tipping point” – when such benefits become a norm instead of a last-resort safety net program.

    “Population continues to fall and a downward spiral kicks in, driving once-thriving communities into further decline,” Cotton continued. “Not only that, but once this kind of spiral begins, communities could begin to suffer other social plagues as well, such as heroin or meth addiction and associated crime.”

    The senator’s remarks come as lawmakers—particularly 2016 presidential candidates—talk about heroin addiction, which is increasingly affecting whites and the middle class.

    The White House has also announced a strategy to tackle the problem. Experts, perhaps unsurprisingly, aren’t pointing to Social Security disability benefits as the reason behind the surge. Rather, they point to a myriad of factors, including prescription drug use, and as Salon notes, failures in law enforcement and the U.S. health care system.

    Cotton isn’t the only legislator connecting public benefits to heroin. Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky recently drew a parallel between free college tuition and the drug.

    By Alijah Fruman - MSNBC/Nov. 10, 2015
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    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. 5-HT2A
    Re: GOP's Senator Cotton Says There's Links Between Disability Benefits, Heroin Addic

    I'm ashamed to say it, but I once blew a guy behind a dumpster for free college tuition. There was 0% interest on the load in my mouth. Completely worth it, as long as you remember not to share pens when signing those loan documents.
  2. idfma
    Re: GOP's Senator Cotton Says There's Links Between Disability Benefits, Heroin Addic

    Does this dude really not realize that the population falling is the same thing as aging, and the youngn's done left a long time ago?

    Of course you are going to see an aging population who will have much higher incidence of legitimate drug use, and they mention that, but I don't see where (is this one literally a clown or is that photoshop?) this dude connects that to heroin use.

    And actually all he says is that disability tipping point could result in these problems--is he saying that a dude who can't walk because he was hurt on the job should be denied benefits, to prevent something that could happen? I mean, what is this dude saying?
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