July 6, 2016 –
This is a critical moment for the public health of America. We remain hopeful that Congress will both pass comprehensive legislation and provide enough new funding for it to have a meaningful impact. There is an urgent need for Congress to send legislation to the President that will begin to implement important polices that can have an immediate effect on preventing and treating opioid misuse, addiction and overdose and support people in recovery. The cost of the opioid epidemic is too high to continue without real legislative solutions; every day that we put this off we leave hundreds of thousands without treatment and put thousands of lives at risk. While we don’t expect that any final Congressional action this year will fully resolve the opioid crisis – especially if it doesn’t include needed funding – enactment of legislation this year will serve as a building block for sustained and more aggressive efforts by federal, state and local elected officials and policy makers.