In a recent op-ed published online for the Detroit News, U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI), Mike Bishop (R-MI), and Dave Trott (R-MI) talk more about the, “…opioid and heroin abuse epidemic that is tearing apart families and communities, leaving very few corners of our country untouched by these tragedies.”
The trio of Michigan lawmakers has been tapped by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to serve on a committee with our Senate counterparts and work on a bipartisan package of legislation to attack the nation’s opioid epidemic from every angle. Their mission is to produce a final piece of legislation to send to the president’s desk.
Here are highlights from the op-ed published online for the Detroit News:
On What’s Happening in Their Home State of Michigan:
“According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in 2014 drug poisoning deaths rose 14 percent and became the No. 1 cause of injury-related death in Michigan.
“That’s why earlier this month, we came together in the House of Representatives and advanced 18 bipartisan bills focused on opioid and heroin addiction, treatment, and prevention.”
On the House-Passed Package of Opioid Legislation:
“Our package of bipartisan solutions also focuses on common sense areas of agreement such as providing resources to help our communities deal with this problem, helping newborns who are born into addiction, and promoting state prescription-drug monitoring programs.
“After the strong passage of these 18 important bills, House Speaker Paul Ryan appointed the three of us to the conference committee that will work directly with the U.S. Senate, which passed its own legislation related to opioid and heroin abuse, on a final piece of bipartisan legislation to send to the president’s desk.
“We will continue to work with all of the stakeholders in Michigan to get a good piece of legislation across the finish line.
To view the full op-ed, click here.
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