From: The Honorable Michelle Lujan Grisham
Sent By:
elya.taichman@mail.house.gov

Date: 11/17/2016

Become an Original Cosponsor of the Heroin and Opioid Abuse
Prevention and Treatment Act
 

Deadline: COB on November 28, 2016

 

Dear Colleague,

By now you have already heard the facts:

  • 78 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses;
  • From 2010 to 2014, these deaths increased by 32.4%; and
  • At least 50% of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid.

My home state of New Mexico has faced the brunt of this crisis for more than two decades; 10.2 people out of 100,000 died from an opioid overdose in New Mexico in 1999 and
by 2014 that number had nearly doubled. Unfortunately, the rest of the country is catching up. Over that same time, nationwide opioid overdose deaths increased from 2.9 to 9 out of 100,000 people. Throughout the country, law-enforcement and health care providers
are stretched to their limits trying to cope with this epidemic and help those in need. If we do not act now, more parents will have to bury their children, and more children will be left parentless.

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) was an important first step, but we still need to provide the funding necessary to combat opioid and heroin abuse. My bill
would help provide this funding by establishing a tax of 1 cent per milligram of opioids produced or manufactured which will
generate roughly $2 billion in revenue each year. I think it is important to ask pharmaceutical companies to be part of the solution and to give back to the communities that opioids have ravaged.

Not only would these funds be used to pay for President Obama’s $1.165 billion funding request for the next two years to address the epidemic, but they would also create a
permanent source of revenue to combat this type of drug abuse. The remaining revenues would be used to provide and expand access to substance abuse treatment and prevention programs as well as fund research on opioids.

Our country has suffered too much from this epidemic. It has killed too many people, ripped too many families apart, and destroyed too many communities. My bill will help
fund the programs we need to fight this epidemic and help millions of Americans. I hope I can count on your support.

If you would like to become an original cosponsor of the Heroin and Opioid Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act or have any questions, please contact Elya Taichman (Elya.Taichman@mail.house.gov)
or Courtney Kerster (Courtney.Kerster@mail.house.gov) or call my office at 202-225-6316.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Michelle Lujan Grisham

Member of Congress