Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Improving Rural Health Care

Holding a roundtable meeting in Hermiston to discuss local efforts to combat the opioid crisis in Oregon

Working to improve health care in Oregon’s rural communities has long been a priority of mine. Before I ran for Congress, I was a member of the Hood River Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and the Oregon Health Sciences University Foundation Board. As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee now, I’ve listened to what constituents, doctors, stakeholders, hospitals, care providers, and disease and treatment advocates alike have to say about the most pressing health care issues facing our country.

My top priority at the Energy and Commerce Committee is combating the opioid epidemic in Oregon and throughout America. Under my leadership, the Energy and Commerce Committee has put forth concrete proposals to get dangerous synthetic opioids like fentanyl off our streets, improve prescription drug monitoring programs, and make sure federal resources get to those on the ground in this fight.

I’ve also worked hard to support important public health priorities for our state and country. I introduced legislation to provide the longest and most generous extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program in history, as well as a plan to provide two years of full funding and certainty for community health centers. Both pieces of legislation have been signed into law, ensuring these programs will be able to continue serving Oregonians.

More on Improving Rural Health Care

May 15, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden advances 25 bills to combat nationwide opioid crisis

May 8, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden presses drug distributors for answers following year-long investigation into alleged opioid pill dumping

May 7, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden to hold hearing with drug distributors following year-long bipartisan investigation into alleged pill dumping

April 30, 2018 In The News

Bills in Congress aimed at fighting epidemic

By Jeff Duewel

A lot of attention is focused on the opioid epidemic.

Saturday, April 28, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and people could drop off drugs at several locations in town before 2 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden said it's a perfect way to get rid of painkillers that could lead to more addictions. Walden represents the vast District 2 covering central and eastern Oregon, and much of Southern Oregon including Grants Pass.

April 26, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden announces Oregon collection sites for excess opioids, prescription pills

Part of DEA’s “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” initiative to combat opioid epidemic

April 26, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden on opioid crisis: “It is time for us to act”

Advances legislation to combat opioid crisis in Oregon and across the country

April 24, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden announces details for legislative markup of bills to combat opioid crisis

April 19, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden holds roundtable discussion to hear personal stories from opioid crisis

Grants Pass mother joins advocates from across the country to participate in panel on combating nationwide crisis

April 19, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden highlights release of grants to combat the opioid crisis in Oregon

Calls combating the opioid crisis his “top priority” during speech on House floor

April 18, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden announces roundtable discussion sharing personal stories from opioid crisis

Walden invites Grants Pass mother to participate in discussion with advocates from across the country