Senators Call on President Trump and GOP in Congress to Support Bill, Join in Securing Resources for Struggling Communities
Unlike GOP Health Care Scheme, Senators’ Bill Does Not Decimate Medicaid or Serve As Replacement for Coverage
Washington (October 25, 2017) - To address a number of critical shortcomings of our nation’s approach to combating the opioid epidemic, including the administration’s unwillingness to make a long-term investment in the fight, U.S. Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Al Franken (D-MN), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Angus King (I-ME), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act. This legislation would invest $45 billion for prevention, detection, surveillance and treatment of opioids. This is the same number proposed by Senate Republicans earlier this summer.
“The Trump administration’s plan to address the opioid epidemic has been little more than empty words and broken promises," said Senator Markey. "What we need to fight this scourge is continued and reliable long-term investments in prevention, treatment, recovery, and monitoring. I am pleased to introduce the Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act with Senator Casey so that we can provide the funding to treat this epidemic like the emergency it is. Republicans have already agreed to this funding language in other recent health debates, and I hope they will once again agree to work with us to get this passed."
“This epidemic knows no bounds. Whether impacting children, parents, or grandparents, the opioid crisis continues to grow in its intensity and its harm,” said Senator Casey. “In order to effectively address the problem, we must continue to commit resources to our states and our local communities. In my recent travels across Pennsylvania, to communities both large and small, one of the most common concerns in fighting the opioid crisis is the need for more support for local resources. This legislation incorporates bipartisan, commonsense principles to make sure we’re providing assistance where it is most needed.”
A copy of the legislation can be found HERE.
This legislation would:
The legislation has been endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose, International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA), National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of Social Workers, National Council for Behavioral Health, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, National Safety Council, Treatment Communities of America, and Young People in Recovery.