WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) penned an op-ed for The Ripon Forum highlighting the progress made, and work ahead, in the fight against the opioid crisis. Walden calls for action on 12 bills Congress could pass right now to build on the historic, Committee-led SUPPORT Act to combat the scourge of the opioid epidemic and save lives in our communities.
The Ripon Forum: The Opioid Crisis: The Next Step in the Fight
By Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)
November 22, 2019
“We lost a bright and intelligent human being, a visionary, an entrepreneur. We lost a person that loved others.” I heard those words from a mother named Tonya, speaking about her son, Blake, at a roundtable in my Oregon district recently.
Blake’s story is one we have heard far too often – a life lost to the opioid crisis that has killed more Americans in one year than the entire Vietnam War. Another family left in its wake; another reminder that our work to combat this crisis is far from over, just one year after President Trump signed H.R.6, the SUPPORT Act into law.
The SUPPORT Act is already making significant impacts in the fight against the opioid crisis. Key provisions of the law are being implemented on the ground, just as new preliminary data show a decline in drug overdose deaths for the first time in nearly 30 years.
But, as we all said from the beginning, just as the SUPPORT Act was not our first effort in the fight against the opioid crisis, it surely will not be our last. We cannot allow the progress made against this crisis to turn into complacency.
That’s why, on the one-year anniversary of the SUPPORT Act becoming law in October, we highlighted 12 bills that Congress should consider right now in order to further our efforts to combat the epidemic of substance use disorder (SUD).
These bipartisan bills represent a commitment to continue the all-hands-on-deck approach in the next front of this fight to stem the tide of addiction and save lives in our communities. We should work to pass them into law this Congress:
Click here to read the op-ed online.