MacArthur’s Statement on Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman MacArthur, Republican Chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, stressed the importance of Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week and highlighted the work of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force including:
- Shaping and advancing the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and 21st Century Cures Act through Congress, which commits over a $1 billion dollars over two years to fund vital programs.
- Releasing a bipartisan legislative agenda for the 115th Congress that includes commonsense legislation to address the opioid epidemic from the perspective of law enforcement, prevention, treatment, and recovery.
- Successfully advocating to save the Office of National Drug Control Policy from drastic budget cuts.
- Calling on the White House to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency.
“I’m grateful the Administration has proclaimed this week as Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week,” said Congressman MacArthur. “Nearly 100 Americans, on average, die each day from opioid overdoses and, in New Jersey, drug abuse is taking more of our loved ones than car accidents, suicides and firearms combined. This crisis is far too big for us to fight alone—Congress, the Administration, state and local government and community organizations of all kinds must work together. That’s why the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force is so critical and, as co-chair, I will continue to work with anyone to save our communities and help those suffering from drug abuse.”