Representative Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat serving Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District (the southeastern corner of the state) announced that she will be seeking treatment for “alcohol dependence” after experiencing a serious fall due to intoxication.
“I sincerely thank the many people who have reached out in support after my accident last week. The fall was serious, but with physical therapy I will fully recover,” Kirkpatrick said via statement, CNN reported. “I do, however, have another challenge I must face, which was the underlying cause of my fall. Beginning next week, I will receive treatment that I have struggled to ask for, to treat my alcohol dependence.”
In 2018, the Arizona chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) ranked Arizona’s lawmakers on a report card basis. Kirkpatrick received a “C” grade because of her lack of support for legalizing marijuana.
“I am finally seeking this help after struggling to do so in the past, and I am ready to admit that I, like countless other Americans, suffer from this disease,” she said. “Hard work and determination — which have brought me success in life — have not been enough to win this battle. Other than being a wife, mother, and grandmother, the most important job in the world to me is representing my fellow Arizonans. I know I must get better in order to do my best in each of these roles.”
Business Insider took a scientific look into whether marijuana or alcohol is better or worse for humans. Their researchers concluded: “All things considered, alcohol’s effects seem markedly more extreme — and riskier — than marijuana’s.”
Lawmakers create laws that directly impact the public safety of millions of Americans. So, hopefully, if any other lawmakers have a substance abuse problem they will follow in Kirkpatrick’s footsteps and seek help.