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Combating the Opioid Epidemic

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

Jared Powell • May 12, 2016

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. …

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The Opioid Epidemic: No Community is Immune

Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) • May 12, 2016

Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) is our House GOP guest blogger this afternoon, where she talks about  the need for preventative action against opioid abuse — especially among younger kids — and for flexibility on the state and local level to best dedicate resources to combat this growing epidemic. Across the United States we are faced with a …

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Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) via TownHall.com: Together we can and will overcome the opioid crisis

COMMUNICATIONS • May 12, 2016

For Representative Earl “Buddy” Carter (R-GA), who previously served as a community pharmacist for more than thirty years, the advances in modern medicine have been “nothing less than a miracle.” “I have seen diseases that once required hospitalization become illnesses treated from home with medication,” said Carter in his recent post on Townhall.com. “I have …

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Reps. Brooks and Dold Lead Efforts to Combat Opioid Abuse 

Jared Powell • May 11, 2016

You hear the stories. You read about it in the news. The opioid epidemic is wreaking havoc across the country, and it’s destroying families, communities and opportunities. During a press conference today on Capitol Hill, Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) reminded us that families are losing loved ones “every hour, every day, all across this country.” She …

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The Opioid Epidemic: How Veterans Can Help

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) • May 11, 2016

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) joins us tonight as our latest House GOP guest blogger, where he talks about his efforts to provide our communities with the resources they need to end opioid related deaths once and for all. “This week, the House will take up a series of bipartisan bills to combat the opioid abuse epidemic …

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We’re In This Together

Jared Powell • May 11, 2016

Republican Leadership Press Conference: May 11, 2016 Participants: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) U.S. Representative Susan Brooks (R-IN) U.S. Representative Bob Dold (R-IL) Cathy McMorris Rodgers Remarks as Delivered: “Let me express my sincerest thanks to Alex’s family for being here this …

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House Republicans Fighting Back Against Opioid Epidemic

Jared Powell • May 11, 2016

  Opioid addiction is spreading at an alarming rate, devastating families and communities across the country. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that, at this very time, roughly 6.5 million Americans are abusing prescription drugs.These drugs are found in home medicine cabinets, bathroom counters, and can be fatal when they are abused or happen …

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This map explains why the opioid epidemic affects all of us

Maurice Lewis • May 10, 2016

In 14 years, between 2000 and 2014, the number of Americans who overdosed on opioids quadrupled to 28,647 deaths. View larger map source: CDC.gov The opioid epidemic affects all of us, regardless if you’re rich or poor, young or old, a high school athlete or a mother of four. In fact, According to a recent study …

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Protecting our Nation’s Newborns from Opioid Abuse

COMMUNICATIONS • May 10, 2016

“According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an estimated 15 million Americans abused prescription drugs in the past year. This number is growing, and it’s having devastating effects on our society. As an OBGYN who delivered nearly 5,000 babies, I’ve seen firsthand what opioid abuse can do to an addict and their …

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The Opioid Epidemic: What We’ve Learned and What We’re Doing

Jared Powell • May 9, 2016

“Nearly every 12 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies of a drug overdose. People in communities across America are abusing both prescription pain killers and heroin. It is an epidemic. No one is immune; it is a sad reality that is playing out across the country, including in my own district in Southwest Michigan. “There …

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