WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier this year, the House Energy and Commerce Committee launched the Personal Stories from the Opioid Crisis video series. The series, highlighted individuals and families that participated in our roundtable, who have struggled with or lost loved ones to substance use disorder (SUD).
The first video in the series focused on the scope of the crisis and through these stories, the call for action. The final video in the series, titled “Family,” spoke to how the crisis effects not just the individual, but the families and communities around them. In between, four panelist stories were specifically featured, and today we revisit the story of Aimee Manzoni D’Arpino.
In the video Aimee shared the story of her son, Emmett, who lost his battle with SUD in 2016. Discussing the scope of the opioid crisis, Aimee explained that Emmett wasn’t “a junkie, an addict, he wasn’t a bad kid. He was a good kid that had a disease.”
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Tragically, Aimee was not alone in losing a family member to this deadly scourge. Nearly 115 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. That’s why the House passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act in June. H.R. 6 makes great strides in stopping these deadly drugs from pouring into our communities through education and prevention methods targeted both at potential users, as well as at prescribers.
It is because of Emmett, and families like Aimee’s that the House passed these critical measures and why it is imperative that the Senate quickly follow suit, sending these bills to President Trump’s desk to become law.