Rep. Rogers Op-ed: Opioid addiction requires action, not silver bullet

May 12, 2016 | Jared Powell •

78 people per day.

That’s more than 28,400 lives lost every year to drug and opioid addiction.

The opioid epidemic is sweeping the nation at an alarming rate — destroying opportunities and potential in families and communities.

The crisis wreaking havoc in these local communities has quickly gained national attention and House Republicans are taking action.

In his latest op-ed published on, Rep. Hal Rogers (R- KY), co-chair the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse and the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, discusses the package proposal from the People’s House that “specifically focuses on nine areas: prevention, treatment, prescribing practices, women and children, recovery, law enforcement, veterans, criminal justice and overdose reversal.”

Rep. Rogers is confident that this package (18 bills to be exact) will make an “immediate and measurable impact in our communities.”

These are strides in the right direction, but there is still much work to be done to combat the opioid epidemic. Through the dedication of federal leaders working with communities and drug-combat programs, we can, as Rogers puts it, “certainly save lives and restore hope in every community.”

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