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Combating the Opioid Epidemic

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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Acting to End the Opioid Epidemic

Communications • April 16, 2016

“People in recovery are warriors, of a sort. … We cannot do it alone.  We have to find other warriors.” This is the reminder that Nick Yacoub shares with all of us.  With drug-caused deaths involving opioids on the rise, stories like Nick’s – a drug addiction survivor from Rep. Barbara Comstock’s (R-VA) local area …

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“Do not let the shame and stigma of this disease win”

Jared Powell • April 13, 2016

This morning, Nick Yacoub, an addiction survivor and a regional supervisor with the Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance of Virginia, joined Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA)  and House Republican leadership in a press conference on Capitol Hill and shared his addiction recovery story.  Nick’s account is a stark reminder of how the opioid epidemic is indiscriminately …

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This Isn’t About Politics

Jared Powell • April 13, 2016

Click to Play Republican Leadership Press Conference: April 13, 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) Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA) Nick Yacoub (Guest) Cathy McMorris Rodgers Remarks as Prepared: “I’m so thankful to have Nick and Barbara here with us today …

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