DeMarco: The current opioid epidemic across the Country is very reminiscent of the crack epidemic of the 1980s. If there’s one lesson to be learned in how to deal with this situations, the first thing is that mass incarceration is not the answer. Congress must develop and implement new, 21st century, solutions to this ongoing epidemic. In a recent survey, nearly 52% of Marylanders reported of knowing someone who has or had an opioid addiction. However, these rates are not isolated to only Maryland, or specific to only the United States. In the 1980s and 1990s, Germany was plagued with very similar statistics in terms of opioid addiction rates and overdoses. Yet today, many of their cities can be considered a beacon for how to handle these drug epidemics. Several of the measures emplaced in specifically in Frankfurt included counseling services and points of contact, run by authorities, health care services, religious communities, self-help groups, and other drug addiction specialists. Additionally, in 2009, German authorities offered a controlled supply of diamorphine, a substitution therapy for longtime addicts covered by German health insurance. Their solutions to addressing these problems went against the conventional wisdom of conservative factions and law enforcement, however, the statistics of their success is proof that these types of modern day solutions can, and will work. Our Congress needs to adapt to the 21st century, and bring 21st century solutions to our current problems and crises.