Energy and Commerce has been at the tip of the spear in the national fight to combat the opioid crisis. Following the passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and the 21st Century Cures Act last Congress, the $4 billion appropriated in 2018 the omnibus earlier this year to help combat the opioid crisis, as well as the $6.7 billion included in the recent Defense-Labor-HHS appropriations package to boost programs that fight, treat, and stop substance abuse, and support access to mental health services, our current efforts are moving forward on two tracks: advancing collaborative, bipartisan legislative solutions and continuing investigations into several key issues that have contributed to the crisis. Taken together, this is the most significant congressional effort against a single drug crisis in history.
Personal Stories from the Opioid Crisis
The “Personal Stories from the Opioid Crisis” video series, highlights individuals and families that participated in our roundtable, and which have struggled with or lost loved ones to substance abuse. Sadly, their stories are shared by so many others across our nation and that is why we must press on in our fight to combat the opioid crisis:
Aimee Manzoni D’Arpino’s Story:
Devon Hott’s Story:
Lisa Daniels & Ken Daniels Story:
Michael Gray’s Story:
“Family” – As the final video in the series, this video highlights the personal nature of this crisis, how it has impacted families, and emphasizes why Congress is taking action to combat the opioid crisis.
This series highlights the legislative efforts of committee members to combat the opioid crisis. These represent just a handful of the 57 legislative solutions the committee advanced to the full House in May.
Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) shares the story behind Jessie’s Law:
Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) discusses empowering pharmacists in the fight against opioids:
Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) discusses the role of poison control centers in combating the opioid crisis:
Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) shares the story behind the INFO Act:
Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) discusses the Access to Sober Living Act
In April 2018, E&C Members took to the House Floor to discuss the urgency of combating the opioid crisis: