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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Rep. Green on President Trump’s Opioid Emergency: More Funding and a Comprehensive Solution is Needed

October 26, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Gene Green, Ranking Member of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement on President Trump’s announcement declaring the opioid epidemic as a public health emergency:

“We are in the midst of the largest public health crisis our country has known. I am hopeful that President Trump’s declaration will lead us in the direction toward confronting the epidemic, but in order to seriously address the issue more funding is absolutely necessary.

In 2015, more than 52,000 people died of drug overdoses in America — about two-thirds of which were linked to opioids. We need a comprehensive solution to the crisis that includes real dollars and targets the entire spectrum of addiction: prevention, crisis response for those who fall through the cracks, expanding access to treatment, and providing support for recovery.

As a co-author of the 21st Century Cures Act, we provided $1 billion through 2018 to states to address the epidemic. Extending this money is a critical part of any continued federal effort to respond to the epidemic.

The E&C Committee has taken some steps to address the crisis, but so much more is needed to combat it when families and communities across the country are being torn apart. I look forward to continuing the conversation and advancing new strategies to help families who are in desperate need of a comprehensive, long-term solution.”