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Combating the Opioid Crisis: This is About Family


06.18.18

WASHINGTON, DC – As the House prepares for a second week of consideration of legislation to help combat the opioid crisis, it is important to remember why Congress is taking this action. It’s about our friends, family members, and neighbors – the very fabric of our society.

In April, Energy and Commerce held a roundtable discussion hearing directly from individuals who have felt the devastating effects of this epidemic. In the weeks that followed, E&C released the “Personal Stories from the Opioid Crisis” video series, which highlighted roundtable participants who shared how their families have struggled with or lost loved ones to substance abuse.

Today, Energy and Commerce releases the final video in the series. The video highlights the personal nature of this crisis and how it has impacted families.


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You can watch the full series below.

Video 1: Roundtable recap

As roundtable participant, Ms. Kathy O’Keefe told committee members, “This is family.”


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Video 2: Meet Aimee Manzoni D’Arpino

Discussing the scope of the opioid crisis, Aimee explained that Emmett wasn’t “a junkie, an addict, he wasn’t a bad kid. He was a good kid that had a disease.”


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Video 3: Meet Devon Hott

Today, Devon says she feels like she has a purpose and helps those struggling with addiction find the treatment plans that work for them. She calls it “a life beyond my wildest dreams.”


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Video 4: Meet Ken Daniels and Lisa Daniels

“The opioid crisis devastated our family,” said Ken.


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Video 5: Meet Michael Gray

“It really can hit any family,” stressed Michael.


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To learn more about Energy and Commerce’s comprehensive efforts to combat the opioid crisis, click HERE.

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