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Walden & Burgess Highlight Congress’ Efforts to Combat the Opioid Crisis, Pledging their Continued Attention


06.06.18

In FoxNews.com Op-Ed, the Leaders Vowed, “Together, we will stem this tide.”


WASHINGTON, DC – Ahead of the House’s consideration of dozens of bills to combat the opioid crisis, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) penned an op-ed for FoxNews.com, highlighting the committee’s continuous work to fight this evolving scourge.

“Chances are high that most of us know someone who has struggled with addiction or may have even battled addiction ourselves,” wrote Walden and Burgess. “No matter your background, where you live, or how old you are, no person or community is immune to this epidemic.”

The leaders highlighted some of the policy initiatives the House will consider in the coming days, and also pledged to continue their fight.

“As long as this menace continues to threaten our family, friends, and neighbors, the Energy and Commerce Committee will continue to be at the tip of the spear in this all-hands-on-deck fight. We owe it to those who have fallen victim to this faceless monster – those who have lost their battle with addiction, those currently battling addiction, and all the families that have suffered alongside their loved ones,” concluded Walden and Burgess.

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

Important bills to fight the opioid epidemic are up for House consideration

By Reps. Greg Walden and Michael Burgess

All across America, communities are grappling with an opioid crisis that has wreaked unprecedented havoc. Chances are high that most of us know someone who has struggled with addiction or may have even battled addiction ourselves. No matter your background, where you live, or how old you are, no person or community is immune to this epidemic.

Sadly, opioid overdoses claim the lives of more than 100 Americans each and every day.

The opioid crisis has hit our country in waves, evolving over time. From pills, to heroin, to synthetic drugs like fentanyl, this ever-changing threat necessitates an ongoing and flexible federal response.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, the panel tasked with writing most of the nation’s health-care laws, continues our years-long fight to turn the tide of the epidemic with dozens of bills that will be considered by the House of Representatives in the coming days.

Among our latest efforts are:

  • Incentivizing non-opioid pain treatment and making it easier to locate and track federal grants.
  • Streamlining the Food and Drug Administration’s tools to intercept illicit drugs.
  • Ensuring hospitals develop follow-up protocols for when patients are discharged following an opioid overdose.
  • Working with states to improve the education, surveillance and treatment of injection drug-use associated infections.

This month, the House is poised to pass meaningful reforms that collectively can make a real difference in our communities. These bills will bolster enforcement efforts to protect our communities, advance prevention and public health efforts, and address coverage and payment issues within Medicare and Medicaid.

At the same time, we know there is no silver bullet. While these bills have great potential to help our communities and reduce stigma, they were not our first efforts to address the opioid crisis, and they won’t be our last.

As long as this menace continues to threaten our family, friends, and neighbors, the Energy and Commerce Committee will continue to be at the tip of the spear in this all-hands-on-deck fight. We owe it to those who have fallen victim to this faceless monster – those who have lost their battle with addiction, those currently battling addiction, and all the families that have suffered alongside their loved ones. You are not alone in this fight. Together, we will stem this tide.

Click HERE to read the column online.

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