Blackburn Report

Blackburn statement on President’s Declaration on Opioid Epidemic

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Washington, October 26, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON—Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) issued the following statement after President Trump declared the national opioid epidemic a public health emergency:

“Tennesseans are no stranger to the destruction this epidemic wreaks – we cannot afford to sit idly by as it continues. It is critical that we use every weapon available to us to fight this devastating epidemic. The President’s decision to declare this a public health emergency gives states and communities more tools to address the crisis and unleashes government resources to better help those in need of help. There is more to do, but today’s announcement is an important step toward bringing this scourge to an end.”

Congressman Blackburn was in attendance at the White House for the President’s announcement today. The President invited a select group of lawmakers who have worked constructively and consistently to address the epidemic.

Congressman Blackburn with colleagues in the White House East Room before the President’s opioid epidemic declaration

For more information on what the President’s declaration does, click here.

As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Blackburn has been instrumental in passing major legislation to combat the opioid crisis, including the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act, bipartisan efforts which provided billions to fight opioid addiction.

Blackburn represents Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.



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