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Senator Cortez Masto Visits Opioid Treatment Center

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Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto visited the Crossroads housing program's main campus on Friday. 

The goal is to help men and women, recover from addiction.

Cortez Masto's visit comes one day after President Trump called the opioid crisis an emergency.

Senator Cortez Masto came to better understand how to combat the opioid epidemic, and while Crossroads treats all types of addiction, Cortez Masto believes their system may be one of the best ways to do it.

"What Crossroads looks for is that progression, and they have been very successful because they've brought services to the individuals, and they've done it on that individuals time frame,” says Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV).

Cortez Masto was shown around the facility and got to meet some of the residents, before meeting with representatives from law enforcement and treatment organizations for a roundtable discussion. The talks included topics like funding, prevention, and the importance of these local organizations to work together. One of the key factors in Crossroads' success is patience with the process.

"As long as you're progressing forward, there's no reason to interrupt the stabilization process,” says Malcolm Chappel, Assistant Program Manager, former client of Crossroads.

Republican Senator Dean Heller knows how hard Nevada has been impacted by the epidemic adding in part, “last year, I supported bipartisan legislation signed into law that increased federal funding to combat opioid addiction in Nevada and across the country. There's still more to be done.”

Both senators will return to Washington, D.C. from their recess on September 5th. 

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