News from Representative Cummings

   
May 18, 2016

Dear Friend,

Growing up in Baltimore, I have seen the destructive nature of opioid and heroin addiction, which destroys lives and tears apart families and communities.

In 2014, more than 28,000 people died from opioid overdoses—nearly 900 died in Maryland. Last Saturday, three people died within 19 hours of heroin overdoses in Harford County alone.
 
It is clear that we can no longer ignore this public health emergency. Congress needs to put its money where its mouth is and actually help our states fund prevention and treatment programs to stop this epidemic in its tracks.
 
I am relieved that House Republicans finally joined with Democrats to pass several bills to address the opioid crisis, but none of these bills provided the essential funding that our partners on the frontlines of this crisis need. We can and must do more. 

Last week, I introduced the Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act with 89 of my colleagues. Our bill would further address the crisis by providing more than $1 billion in new federal resources to combat the causes and effects of the opioid epidemic, including $930 million to expand access to medication-assisted treatment in every state and $50 million to expand substance use treatment capacity.
 
This epidemic has become a runaway train barreling through every family and every community in its path so we must do all we can to fight it. The stakes are too high.

Sincerely,



Elijah E. Cummings
Member of Congress


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