STATEMENT: The Opioid Epidemic Needs Our National Attention
Washington, D.C.— Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s declaration of opioid abuse as a public health emergency:
“Today, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, bringing badly needed additional federal resources to combat a crisis that has had a dire effect on Tennessee. In 2016 alone, over 1,186 Tennesseans lost their lives to opioid overdose. To put that in perspective, that is 18 out of every 100,000 people.
The announcement of this public health emergency will authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to direct public health funds to address opioid abuse, provide increased training for federally employed prescribers, and provide regulatory flexibility to responding agencies. Additionally, President Trump announced support for an initiative I have long been championing in Congress, efforts by the National Institute of Health to find non-addictive pain treatment alternatives.
I support the President’s call to action on this issue and want to thank him for his commitment in the long and arduous fight to end this horrible epidemic.”