Press Release

Upton Comments on Administration’s New Opioid Initiatives


E&C Set to Advance Additional Member Solutions in the Coming Weeks

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) issued the following statement on the administration’s latest efforts to combat the growing opioid epidemic:

“No community is immune from the ongoing opioid epidemic – sadly, it’s everywhere. To put the magnitude of the problem into perspective, in 2012, opioid prescriptions astoundingly outpaced the number of U.S. adults by 20 million. As we’ve said, it must be an all hands on deck effort. I appreciate the administration’s recent steps, and look forward to reviewing these new proposals. We’ve held a number of hearings with testimony from many experts on the frontlines, and have advanced bipartisan solutions to protect infants and promote state prescription drug monitoring programs. In the coming weeks the committee will continue our bipartisan efforts to achieve meaningful solutions. Working together, we will take important strides to help those suffering in our communities.”

In December 2015, Upton highlighted the committee’s work to address the growing epidemic of opioid abuse in a piece in The Detroit News entitled, “We can’t arrest our way out of opioid epidemic.”

Recent Energy and Commerce Hearings On Opioid Abuse

March 26, 2015: Examining the Growing Problems of Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse: State and Local Perspectives
April 23, 2015: Combatting the Opioid Abuse Epidemic: Professional and Academic Perspectives
May 1, 2015: What is the Federal Government Doing to Combat the Opioid Abuse Epidemic?
May 21, 2015: What are the State Governments Doing to Combat the Opioid Abuse Epidemic?

October 8, 2015: Examining Legislative Proposals to Combat our Nation’s Drug Abuse Crisis
October 20, 2015: Examining Legislative Proposals to Combat our Nation’s Drug Abuse Crisis RECONVENES


Press Release