From: The Honorable Ben Ray Lujan
Sent By:
Scott.Stockwell@mail.house.gov

Date: 5/12/2016

Become an Original Cosponsor of the Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act

Deadline Extended:
11:00 a.m.

Final Call!

Current Original Cosponsors: Aguilar, Al Green, Bass, Beyer, Blumenauer, Brown, Capps, Capuano, Cárdenas, Clark, Clarke, Clay, Cohen, Connolly, Conyers, Courtney, Cummings,
DeFazio, Delaney, Dingell, Duckworth, Edwards, Eshoo, Esty, Fudge, Gallego, Gene Green, Grayson, Gutiérrez, Hastings, Heck, Israel, Jackson Lee, Jeffries, Johnson, Kaptur, Keating, Kennedy III, Kildee, Kilmer, Kind, Kuster, Larsen, Larson, Lawrence, Levin,
Lewis, Lieu, Loebsack, Luján, Lujan Grisham, Lynch, Maloney, Matsui, McCollum, McGovern, Meeks, Napolitano, Neal, Norcross, Norton, Pascrell, Quigley, Richmond, Roybal-Allard, Ruppersberger, Ryan, Sarbanes, Sires, Speier, Swalwell, Thompson, Tonko, Tsongas,
Van Hollen, Vargas, Welch, and Yarmuth

 

Dear Colleague,

In 2014, 47,055 people died from drug overdoses. That is 905 per week and 129 per day. Since 2000, overdose deaths have increased by 137%, surpassing the number of Americans killed in motor vehicle accidents each year.

This crisis is tearing apart our communities. As those on the front lines of this crisis know, too often there are too few resources available for those battling the disease of addiction. We must take action to stem this nation-wide epidemic by investing in prevention, treatment, recovery, and efforts to prevent the smuggling of drugs across our borders.

Earlier this year,
President Obama called for action
to address this crisis and the need for more resources. The comprehensive “Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act” reflects the President’s plan which calls for over $1 billion to combat the roots of the current epidemic by providing:

  • $930 million to support cooperative agreements with States to
    expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders;
  • $50 million to expand access to
    substance use treatment providers;
  • $12.5 million for DEA
    heroin enforcement;
  • Studies of real-world medication-assisted treatment;
  • Advancing
    safe opioid prescribing guidelines;
  • Enhancement of
    prescription drug monitoring programs; and
  • Treatment for prisoners, Second Chance Act grant program funding, and residential substance abuse treatment programs.

Prescription drug abuse and heroin use have taken a heartbreaking toll on too many Americans and their families, while straining the resources of law enforcement and health care providers.
It is time Congress does more by investing in programs to combat this crisis. This bill on its own will not put an end to the epidemic, but it represents a much-needed step forward that will provide our communities with more resources to help those in need and save lives.

Please join us as an original co-sponsors of the “Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act of 2016”.  To cosponsor, please contact Scott Stockwell in Rep. Ben Ray Luján’s office at
Scott.Stockwell@mail.house.gov or by telephone at (202) 225-6190; Suzanne Owen in Rep. Elijah E. Cummings office at
Suzanne.Owen@mail.house.gov or by telephone at (202) 225-4741; or Megan Thompson in Rep. Derek Kilmer’s office at
Megan.Thompson@mail.house.gov or by telephone at (202) 225-5916.

Sincerely,

Ben Ray Luján                                       Elijah E. Cummings                         Ann McLane Kuster
Member of Congress                            Member of Congress                         Member of Congress

Derek Kilmer                                         Lucille Roybal-Allard                        Joseph Kennedy III
Member of Congress                          Member of Congress                         Member of Congress