WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) today issued the following statement after President Trump formally classified the opioid epidemic as a national emergency.
“We’re glad to see the President throw the full weight of the administration behind efforts we’ve promoted for several years to help Americans and the communities in which they live confront the deadly and debilitating opioid epidemic. The Energy and Commerce Committee is continuing its work to fund research, reform antiquated federal laws, and provide the help families need.”
“The opioid crisis has reached truly epidemic proportions and it will take a national effort to turn the tides. For too long our communities have suffered as we have watched our friends, family, and neighbors impacted, and we commend President Trump for taking this bold action. As the administration ramps up its efforts, the Energy and Commerce Committee will continue to examine new and innovative ways to combat the scourge of opioid abuse across the country.”
Last Congress, Energy and Commerce investigations led to legislative solutions that ultimately were included in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act. The committee’s work continues this Congress, examining the impact of fentanyl on the opioid crisis, as well as opening investigations into allegations of pill dumping, and patient broker schemes.