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Combating the Opioid Epidemic

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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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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