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Goodlatte Commends President Trump’s Decision to Declare Opioid Crisis a National Emergency

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Washington, August 11, 2017 | Beth Breeding (202-225-5431) | comments
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today issued the following statement on the announcement from President Trump declaring the opioid crisis as a national emergency:

“The opioid epidemic currently plaguing the United States is destroying lives, families, and communities across the United States and it shows no signs of stopping. We have all heard the grim statistics: 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. That is more than 33,000 a year. These people are our neighbors, friends, and loved ones and need our help.

“While Congress has taken action to combat the opioid epidemic through the historic Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, it’s clear that we need more tools to combat this ever-growing problem. I commend President Trump for declaring the opioid crisis as a national emergency. This will bring much needed public awareness to this epidemic. Additionally, the House Judiciary Committee will continue to review our nation’s laws to determine if more resources are needed to combat the opioid crisis.”


Background:

• In July 2016, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S. 524). It strengthens the enforcement of our nation’s drug laws, provides tools to combat addiction, offers appropriate treatment and care to addicts so that they can begin to reclaim and rebuild their lives, and leverages existing programs to accomplish these goals.

• Building on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, the House Judiciary Committee approved the Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act of 2017 (H.R. 2851) in July 2017. This bill updates current law to provide swifter action to stop the unlawful importation and distribution of synthetic drugs, and gives law enforcement effective tools to help keep our communities safe.
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