Washington, D.C. – With the support of Alaska Congressman Don Young, the House of Representatives recently passed more than a dozen bills aimed at combating the nationwide epidemic of opioid and heroin addiction through expanded treatment, prevention, and substance abuse programs across the nation. By a vote of 400 to 5, the House consolidated those bills into the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act – setting up negotiations with the Senate.
“With overwhelming support, this week the House advanced a wide-range of bills focused on solving a great disaster in this nation – the growing opioid epidemic,” said Congressman Don Young. “No state, community or family is immune to the widespread growth of illicit prescription drugs. From Alaska to Florida, we’ve seen this epidemic spread at alarming rates – taking the lives of more than 28,000 Americans in 2014; a rate that has quadrupled in less than 15 years. As someone who’s personally felt the impacts of a family member suffering from painkiller addition, like one in five other American families, I stand committed to tackling these important issues head-on and ensuring our states and local communities have the tools and resources they need to end this epidemic. Although there is no silver bullet in our fight to end this national disaster, I am proud of the efforts taken this week to prevent and treat opioid addiction, strengthen our nation’s drugs laws, and stop the flow of illicit drugs in the nation.”