Did you know the House added more resources to fight the opioid epidemic, including treatment and prevention?
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Just how bad is our opioid addiction crisis?
Well, according to the National Institutes of Health, 90 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse in the U.S. alone is $78.5 billion a year. That includes the costs of health care, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
Earlier this month, President Trump declared this crisis a national emergency. In his remarks before a briefing on this issue, he said “nobody is safe from this epidemic that threatens young and old, rich and poor, urban and rural communities.”
The House is working hard every day to address this crisis. This year we continue to focus on combating abuse, increasing our understanding of this issue, and promoting innovative care. In May, we passed legislation that increases funding for substance abuse and prevention and treatment programs by more than $650 million above Fiscal Year 2016.
No one can fight this battle alone, nor should they have to. We will continue to shine a light on the challenges facing the American people, and ensure that their voices are heard.
Here’s how House Republicans combat the opioid epidemic in their communities:
Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) in the Jacksonville Journal Courier: Opioids fight takes determination
Still, everyone agrees that more work must be done if we are to turn the tide. That is why I invited Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Thomas Price to attend a roundtable with stakeholders and community leaders in Quincy to discuss what is working and what tools are still needed.
During the roundtable, medical stakeholders discussed the rate of addiction and the costly medical complications it causes, while rehabilitation professionals provided insight into the challenges of the recovery process. Members of our law enforcement and first responders shared the uphill battle they face in curbing the flow of these drugs, highlighting their best practices and outlining areas that could be improved by adding more resources or eliminating government red tape.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK): Reining in the Opioid Epidemic
Last week, the Trump administration formally declared the opioid epidemic as a national emergency. President Trump has created the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis to ensure that states across the country have the full support of the federal government when it comes to combatting the opioid epidemic inside their states. With the states and the federal governments working together, I’m hopeful that we are able to research causes of the opioid epidemic, find effective treatments for those in need, and locate ways to drastically reduce the staggering rates of overdose deaths each year.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI): Opioids Are Taking Over in Our Communities
We have a silent killer in our country. Each day, it takes the lives of our mothers, our sons, our neighbors. That killer is the extremely addictive opioid, with heroin as the most infamous drug of its kind.
Kyle Pucek of Janesville, Wisconsin was close to becoming a victim of the silent killer. Kyle is a recovering opioid addict. This is a man who lived through the hell of opioid addiction—and came out stronger on the other side thanks to family and rehabilitation.