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#ForwardWithSUPPORT ➡ E&C Republicans Highlight Progress Made, Work Ahead on Opioid Crisis


WASHINGTON, DC – The Committee-led SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act was signed into law on October 24, 2018, to help combat the nationwide opioid crisis. This represented the largest legislative effort to combat a single drug crisis in history. But just as the SUPPORT Act was not the first Committee-led effort to combat the opioid crisis, it will not be our last.

With the upcoming one-year anniversary of this landmark legislation becoming law, Energy and Commerce Republicans are highlighting the progress made, and work ahead, to combat the opioid crisis as we move #ForwardWithSUPPORT.

In local op-eds submitted in their respective districts, Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI); Dr. Michael Burgess (R-TX); Bob Latta (R-OH); and Richard Hudson (R-NC) discuss how the SUPPORT Act is making a difference on the ground in their communities to stem the tide of addiction and save lives. The lawmakers also stress the need for the continued bipartisan, united front to end the opioid crisis once and for all.

Here’s what they are saying

The Herald Palladium: Fred Upton: We’re making progress in the opioid crisis, but there’s more to do

By Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)

October 17

No community is immune and all too many of us have experienced the devastation and loss firsthand caused by the opioid epidemic. Make no mistake. The opioid crisis cuts through all demographics, races and socioeconomic statuses.

Many of us know somebody who’s died. My family too.

Last year, Congress took a monumental step to combat this crisis. Thanks to a bipartisan effort, we passed and President Trump signed the Substance Use-Disorder that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, which represents the most significant Congressional effort to confront a single drug crisis in American history.

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Findlay Courier: Bob Latta: Progress Made Against Opioid Crisis, but Work Continues

By Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH)

October 18

In my role as Congressman for Ohio’s 5th Congressional District, I hear often from citizens on issues across the spectrum. I talk to them about what is going well in their lives and what could be better. They tell me stories – both good and bad – about how they’ve been impacted by government policies, the economy, regulations, taxes, and more. Without a doubt, some of the most heartbreaking, toughest conversations I’ve had come from those who have been affected by the opioid crisis in our country.

That’s why one year ago this week, Congress passed the most comprehensive legislation to combat a drug crisis in our nation’s history. H.R. 6, the SUPPORT Act, was a true bipartisan effort to prevent opioid abuse, treat addiction, and stop the flow of opioids into our communities.

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Denton Record-Chronicle: Michael C. Burgess: Together we can put an end to the opioid epidemic

By Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R-TX)

October 20

This summer, in Tarrant County, it was reported that a baseball player lost his life to a drug overdose. While the details are still under investigation, many families throughout our country have experienced a similar tragedy due to the opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 130 Americans die from an overdose each day.

It doesn’t have to be this way. I am fighting along with the president to end this epidemic. On Oct. 24, 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law the SUPPORT Act. This legislation provides realistic solutions that span the breadth of the crisis — from prevention and treatment to education and enforcement. This legislation will improve treatment for those with substance use disorders, fight deadly fentanyl, bolster the efforts of agents at our international mail facilities and provide vital resources for new innovative alternatives to treat pain.

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Independent Tribune: Richard Hudson: Opioid crisis knows no bounds

By Rep. Richard Hudson

October 20

There are stories that stick with us, pictures seared into our minds and moments we’ll never forget. I’ll always remember a tragic video a local reporter took on Main Street in Salisbury of first responders treating a couple who overdosed on opioids.

Last year, I authored three bipartisan pieces of legislation that focused on the safe and responsible packaging and disposal of unused opioids. My bill was called one of “the most important opioid bills,” and I was proud to see President Donald Trump sign it into law as part of H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act.

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