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#ForwardWithSUPPORT ➡ Walden, Guthrie, Johnson 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 one-year anniversary of this landmark legislation becoming law tomorrow, 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, Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR); Oversight and Investigations Republican Leader Brett Guthrie (R-KY); and Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) 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 Bend Bulletin: Greg Walden: Initial progress on opioids, but work remains

By Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)

October 23

A year ago, Republicans and Democrats worked together to pass the nation’s most historic effort to combat the opioid crisis — the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. President Trump signed the bill into law on October 24, 2018. Today, we are seeing fewer people die from overdose deaths and more people are getting medical care for their substance use disorder. Local caregivers and organizations are getting new funds to help provide assistance to those in need all across Oregon and the nation.

But despite this progress, the opioid epidemic remains, and it does not discriminate — taking an estimated 130 lives a day in the U.S. In Oregon, 344 deaths occurred in 2017 alone. These numbers are shocking, but they fail to encompass the challenges faced by those struggling with addiction and their families seeking to help.


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Advocate-Messenger: Brett Guthrie: One year after SUPPORT Act, work has only begun

By Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)

October 22

Last year, I was proud to work with my colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to pass the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, a comprehensive package of bills aimed at combating our nation’s ongoing opioid crisis. In an age of hyper-partisan strife in Congress, Republicans and Democrats came together to deliver relief to Kentuckians who are suffering from the opioid epidemic. This landmark piece of legislation was signed into law a year ago this week, on Oct. 24, 2018.

I am encouraged by the results of the SUPPORT Act so far, but more work needs to be done to fully eradicate the opioid epidemic. I recently held an opioid roundtable in Danville to discuss the implementation of the SUPPORT Act and to examine the current and future needs of those suffering with substance use disorder. I appreciated our constructive conversation that included state officials, treatment providers, and community representatives.

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Salem News: Bill Johnson: Providing SUPPORT against the opioid addiction scourge

By Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH)

October 22

As a member of the Presidential Task Force on Opioids, I’ve witnessed firsthand President Trump’s commitment to address and eliminate the scourge of opioid addiction.

It’s no secret that Ohio, particularly Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, has been hit particularly hard by the opioid crisis.

A year ago, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act was signed into law. After months of work, the House and Senate sent sweeping, bipartisan legislation to President Trump’s desk to be signed. It was the most significant legislative response ever to the opioid crisis.

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