Cosponsor H.R. 1191 – Native American Suicide Prevention Act

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 10-34 year old Native American and Alaskan Natives [AI/AN], and for ages 15- 34, it is 1.5 times higher than the national average for that age group.[1] Please
join us in cosponsoring the
H.R. 1191 – Native American Suicide Prevention Act to help put an end to this public health crisis.  

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Join the Congressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic

We invite you to join the newly formed bipartisan Congressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic. As you may be aware, youth e-cigarette use and “vaping” has skyrocketed in just the last year. In fact, in 2018, vaping and e-cigarette use by middle
schoolers and high schoolers increased by approximately 50% and 80% respectively. Teens account for about one-third of all U.S. e-cigarette users, and nicotine use brings alarming detrimental health issues for adolescents. Due to an adolescent brain not being
fully developed until age 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that nicotine use can harm parts of the brain that controls attention, learning, mood, and impulse control.

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SAVE BLACK AND HISPANIC LGBTQ KIDS FROM ABUSE & NEGLECT

Research shows that Black and Hispanic LGBTQ youth entering the juvenile justice system have higher rates of child abuse, neglect,
family conflict, and homelessness as other youth. Since they still depend on their families to meet their material needs, abuse and neglect can leave Black and Hispanic LGBTQ youth emotionally and physically vulnerable, particularly if they find themselves
contemplating living on the streets with nowhere to turn for support.

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Gluten in Medicine

According to the Mayo Clinic, the rate of celiac disease has almost quadrupled over the past 50 years. Celiac disease is a serious, genetic autoimmune disorder in which ingesting gluten causes damage to the villi of the small intestine. The only treatment
is the total elimination of gluten-containing products, including wheat, barley, and rye sources. For some, failure to avoid these can lead to life-threatening complications. Currently, this is nearly impossible to determine the presence of gluten in prescription
medicine.

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